1st class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Feb 1970 – Dec1973 Doctor of Philosophy, Dept. Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, Oct 1974 – May 1978. Graduate Diploma in Economics (with merit), Australian National University, part-time, Feb 1981 – Jun 1982


As an internationally renowned researcher, Prof McDougall's discoveries have influenced understanding of ocean dynamics and their key role in the climate. His research on ocean mixing processes and temperature and salinity variables has greatly improved ocean climate models and changed the way oceanographic data is analysed. In particular, his recent research has forced a major rethink of how the deep ocean moves. ​ He holds an ARC Laureate Fellowship and is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, CSIRO and the Australian Academy of Science.