DR Joelle Gergis

DR Joelle Gergis


  • Climate variability, climate change, palaeoclimatology, historical climatology, El Nino



  • Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer from the University of Melbourne. She has held two Australian Research Council fellowships as an internationally recognised expert in Australian and Southern Hemisphere climate variability and change.

    From 2009–2012 she led the Australian Research Council Linkage funded South-Eastern Australian Recent Climate History (SEARCH) project; a landmark initiative, spanning the sciences and the humanities to reconstruct the region’s climate variability from first European settlement in 1788 (http://climatehistory.com.au)

    From 2009 Joëlle led the international Past Global Changes (PAGES) working group on Australasian climate variability of the past 2,000 years (Aus2K), until the project’s completion in 2017. This involved coordinating the development of the region’s 1,000 year temperature reconstruction for input into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report.

    In 2013 Joëlle was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) fellowship, and her team won the 2014 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research – informally known as the ‘Oscars of Australian Science’.

    In 2015 Joëlle was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne.

    In February 2018, she was selected to serve as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report.

    Joëlle’s book 'Sunburnt Country: The future and history of climate change in Australia', will be released by Melbourne University Publishing in April 2018.   


Member of

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


Selected publications


Investigator on

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

  • 2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, 2015
  • 2014 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research, 2014
  • Fellow of the Australian Research Council, 2012


Available for supervision

  • Y