Interested in doing Honours, Masters or a PhD? If you have a good foundation in computing, maths, statistics or physics and you’re interested in applying your skills to real world problems in climate, hydrological or ecological science I’d love to hear from you. Examples of areas I’d be interested in helping you explore include:

  1. Uncertainty estimation using ensemble modelling

  2. Machine learning applications in model evaluation

  3. Definitions and applications of model independence assessment in climate, hydrological of ecological model prediction and impacts research

  4. Applications of non-linear time series analysis/chaos theory in climate, hydrological or ecological science

  5. Model calibration techniques

  6. Application of empirical models in climate science

If you are interested in a particular area of mathematics or statistics that you think might be applied in climate science, hydrology or ecology I might also be able to help.

Students who are successful obtaining PhD scholarships (e.g. an Australian Postgraduate Award or International Postgraduate Research Scholarship) may be offered additional "top-up" funding, on a case-by-case basis. See the CCRC postgraduate research page for more scholarship opportunities.

While you may not have a clear idea of your research topic yet, a PhD project will ultimately be yours to investigate, develop and communicate. Your supervisor will help you make sure that you arrive at a topic that is achievable in 3-4 years, scientifically rigorous, and most importantly, interesting for you. If the topics I've talked about above don't seem quite right, there is a great collection of other academics in the CCRC who might be able to help you. We're all friendly, so please come and talk to us.

The Climate Change Research Centre is a great place to do your PhD. We have a large PhD student cohort that is academically and socially engaged, with students from a wide range of academic and cultural backgrounds. We have an induction process that includes being assigned a student "buddy", to make sure you're aware of everything that might be relevant for you, including a range of social events run by students. As part of the Kensington campus we are only 10 minutes from the centre of Sydney.


Below are examples of short papers I like that require no specialist knowledge:

Oreskes, N., Shrader-Frechette, K. and Belitz K.: Verification, validation, and confirmation of numerical models in the earth sciences Science, 263, 641–646, 1994. Try downloading it here or here.

Ginzburg, L. R., and C. X. J. Jensen, 2004: Rules of thumb for judging ecological theories. Trends Ecol. Evol., 19, 121–126.