Lisa Alexander

Changes in the frequency and/or severity of extreme climate events have the potential to have profound societal and ecological impacts. Associate Professor Lisa Alexander’s work primarily focuses on improving our understanding of observed changes in these events using multiple research tools ranging from station observations to climate model output.

Lisa is an internationally recognised expert on climate variability and extremes and has contributed significantly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments. She was awarded the 2011 Priestley Medal by the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the 2013 Australian Academy of Science Dorothy Hill award, and the 2017/18 World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Commission for Climatology Outstanding Service award.

Lisa completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics at Queens University in Northern Ireland in 1995 and 1998 respectively. She was a research scientist for the Met Office Hadley Centre in the Climate Variability Group from 1998 to 2006, spending her last year on secondment at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.  She completed her PhD at Monash University in 2009, winning the Mollie Holman medal for best doctoral thesis. Since then she has been a senior researcher with the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW.



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AMSI Summer School 2019 at UNSW Sydney

Australia’s largest national event for students in mathematical sciences will be held at UNSW Sydney in January 2019.

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Summer School is a four-week residential school providing students from across Australia with the opportunity to develop their mathematical skills, meet like-minded people, and network with potential future employers.

The AMSI Summer School 2019 program offers eight carefully selected subjects to ensure the latest developments in Australian maths are offered to students, some of which may not be offered at a home university. Students can choose to study one or two courses and, with permission from a home university, students can use an AMSI Summer School subject to gain credit towards their degree.

The School is primarily for honours and postgraduate students in the mathematical sciences and cognate disciplines, but other students are welcome to apply. Courses include

Visit the Summer School homepage for more details and to register.