[Photo of Matthew] Professor Matthew England
Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC)
and The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
Faculty of Science
The University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW Australia

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Career Bio

I am currently a Scientia Professor of Climate Dynamics at the University of New South Wales. I have previously held an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship and I was one of the founding Directors of the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) (2006 - 2012). I was the Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science during 2017-2018. In 2014 I was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and in 2016 a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

I obtained my PhD in physical oceanography and climate modelling from the University of Sydney in 1992 after being awarded the University Medal and 1st Class Honours from the same University in 1987. After completing an EU Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France during 1992-1994, I worked as a Research Scientist at CSIRO within the Climate Change Research Program during 1994-1995. Since 1995 I have lectured in the physics of the ocean and climate system at the University of New South Wales, where I was awarded an ARC Federation Fellowship in 2005 and an ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2010. In 2006 I established the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre together with Professor Andy Pitman. The CCRC became the host institution for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science in 2011.

I held a Fulbright Scholarship at Princeton University during 1990 and a CSIRO Flagship Fellowship in 2005. I coordinated and led the 2007 Bali Climate Declaration by Scientists; a major international statement by the scientific community that specifies the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions required to minimise the risk of dangerous human-induced climate change. I was the convening lead author of the 2009 Copenhagen Diagnosis. I am a former Co-Chair of the CLIVAR Southern Ocean regional panel, and was a contributing author and reviewer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Second and Third Assessment Reports.

My expertise covers the dynamics of the oceans and their role in climate variability and climate change on time-scales of seasons to millennia.