Associate Professor, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, UNSW Sydney
Melissa Hart has used her role as Graduate Director of the ARC Centres of Excellence for Climate System Science and Climate Extremes to develop a national, cross-institutional graduate program which has reimagined the traditional Australian PhD. With a vital combination of breadth, depth, support, and collaboration, the program has provided over 180 PhD students with the skills, knowledge, and experience fundamental to developing world leading climate science researchers. Melissa’s research looks at the impact of cities on climate and climate on cities, and the meteorological controls on air pollution. Melissa is a strong advocate for gender equity in science and is a former chair of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society’s equity and diversity committee.