Senior Hydrologist for NSW State Emergency Service
Joanna is a scientist and outdoor enthusiast. Now living in Australia but originally from Canada, Joanna grew up exploring the rugged mountains of British Columbia on foot and on skis. During her time spent outdoors, she developed a deep respect and curiosity for the natural world. This curiosity led her to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degrees exploring hydrology, glaciology, and climate change, as well as becoming an active volunteer in a Search and Rescue organisation.
Joanna has a technical background in hydrological hazard consulting and a practical background in emergency response through her involvement with Search and Rescue. She is passionate about combining those skills to help communities become more resilient to natural hazards as the climate continues to change.
Through her work as a hydrologist, Joanna has responded to urgent natural hazard events requiring technical assessments, provided advice on mitigating flood risk and geotechnical hazards for a range of clients, and helped guide sustainable development with provisions for climate change. In her present role, Joanna provides scientific advice to state emergency services to support flood response and community preparedness across New South Wales.