Meet the Team
Leanne is currently finishing up her honours project at the University of New South Wales Sydney, with an undergraduate degree in Advanced Science, majoring in Physical Geography and Climate System Science. She is interested in understanding the science and mechanism behind the earth system. Her current honours project is on the influence of Indian Ocean Dipole and El Niño Southern Oscillation on Australian heatwaves.
Charuni is a 3rd year PhD student at the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW Sydney. Prior to starting her PhD, she completed her BSc in Environmental Science at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and her MSc in Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of Bristol, UK. Her current research is focused on investigating potential links between co-occurring terrestrial and marine heatwaves in Australia. In addition to studying heatwaves she is also a keen science communicator.
Thao’s background is in Meteorology, and she had worked as a Broadcast Meteorologist at Vietnam Television for 12 years before pursuing the PhD program in Climate Change Processes at UNSW Canberra since 2018. Her current study aims to advance understanding of the risk tropical cyclone pose to Southeast Asia societies historically and in the warming futures, making use of modelling and observations. Her desire is to contribute to proficient scientific bases for disaster prevention and adaptation strategies in climate-vulnerable countries worldwide.
Xu is a third-year PhD student in the School of Science at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. His current interests focus on attributing the cause of extreme temperatures over Australia, using statistical/machine-learning approaches. Based on CMIP6 models, he is currently investigating the future projections of Australian extreme temperatures and identifying when the signals of changes in extreme temperatures emerge from the noises of internal variability.
Jyoteesh started his PhD in August 2019 at UNSW Canberra. He obtained his Master's degree in Thermal science and engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar India in 2018. He is currently investigating Australian heatwaves in a multidimensional aspect and identifying their link with natural climate variability modes. His current research also aims to study the impacts of the heatwave on bushfire fuels.
Philipp is studying Physics at the University of Vienna and is currently an International Student at the Climate Change Research Center at UNSW Sydney. His most recent research projects focus on the future development of heatwaves around the globe and the detection and attribution of heatwave related health impacts.In addition, Philipp has a broad background in the fields of Environmental Science and Policy and International Relations. In 2019, he was awarded a Scholarship to study at the Australian National University to deepen his knowledge in the realm of International Relations and Politics.