DR Joelle Gergis

DR Joelle Gergis


  • Palaeoclimatology, climate variability and change, historical climatology



  • Joelle is a palaeoclimatologist and science communicator working with Professor David Karoly at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on reconstructing climate variability over the past 200-1,000 years using annually-resolved tree rings, corals, ice cores and historical records. She is leading a large multi-disciplinary Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project to reconstruct south-eastern Australia's climate history over the past 200-500 years (www.climatehistory.com.au). As leader of the international Past Global Changes (PAGES) working group on Australasian climate variability of the past 2,000 years (Aus2K), she coordinated the region's 1000 year temperature reconstruction for input into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (http://www.pages-igbp.org/index.php/workinggroups/aus2k). Joelle received her PhD in high-resolution palaeoclimatology from the University of New South Wales in 2006, and is currently a part-time student in RMIT's Professional Writing and Editing program.    


Member of

  • Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS). Member 2008 -
  • Writers Victoria. Member 2007 -
  • Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA). Member 2006 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Reconstructing pre-20th century rainfall, temperature and pressure for south-eastern Australia using palaeoclimate, documentary and early weather station data, Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP0990151: http://climatehistory.com.au   


Education and training

  • Dip Prof Writing and Editing, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Bsc Hons (Class 1), University of New South Wales
  • PhD, University of New South Wales

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Research Council, 2012


Available for supervision

  • Y