Dr Joelle Gergis

BSc (Honour Class 1), PhD (Climatology), Dip (Professional Writing and Editing)
Senior Lecturer in Climate Science, Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Climatology (Excl. Climate Change Processes) 040105
  • Climate Change Processes 040104
  • Palaeoclimatology 040605
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
  • Historical Studies Not Elsewhere Classified 210399
  • Communication And Media Studies Not Elsewhere Classified 200199


Dr Joëlle Gergis is an internationally recognised expert in Australian and Southern Hemisphere climate variability and change based in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. Her research focuses on providing a long-term historical context for assessing recently observed climate variability and extremes.

In 2013 Dr Gergis was awarded an Australian Research Council 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 August 2018 she was appointed to the Climate Council, Australia’s leading independent body providing expert advice to the Australian public on climate change and policy.

From 2018–2021 Joëlle served as a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report – a global, state-of-the art review of climate change science.

Her book, Sunburnt Country: The future and history of climate change in Australia, is available through Melbourne University Publishing and all good bookstores.


Projects and Grants

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