Professor Michael Reeder completed a PhD in Applied Mathematics at Monash University, before holding postdoctoral positions at the University of Munich (Germany) and the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center (USA). He subsequently returned to Monash University as a member of staff, rising through the ranks to professor. Prof Reeder has also held long-term visiting positions at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (USA), the State University of New York at Albany (USA), the University of Reading (UK) and the University of Leeds (UK). Prof Reeder’s research is focused principally on the dynamics of weather producing systems. He has published on a wide variety of topics, including fronts, tropopause folding, extratropical cyclones, Rossby waves, heat waves, tropical cyclones, gravity waves, solitary waves, convection, boundary layers, bushfires, the Hadley and Walker circulations and the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Prof Reeder has been the principal supervisor for more than 40 graduate students. He is a past president of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) and a fellow of AMOS. He is a winner of the AMOS Distinguished Research Award and the Loewe Prize (Royal Meteorological Society, Australian branch) and has given the AMOS Clarke Lecture.