By a series of accidental turns and a healthy dose of serendipity I have ended up exploring the world.
In 2010 I joined the University of New South Wales as an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow and Professor of Climate Change and Earth Sciences to lead a team using the past to better understand the causes and impacts of future environmental change. As part of this I set up and now direct the Earth's Past Future Project, an international, multidisciplinary programme dedicated to exploiting records of past change to help reduce the uncertainties surrounding future projections; within this I co-lead the Ellsworth Mountains Project and the Ancient Kauri Project. To do something positive about climate change, I am working with a wonderful group of people at CarbonScape, a carbon refining company that has developed microwave technology to fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, including activated carbon, sustainable fuels and biochar. If you would like to learn more about my research, further details can be found on ResearchGate, Loop and Google Scholar. I have an h-index of 48 on Google Scholar (42 on Scopus and 43 on Researchgate) and my ORCID number is 0000-0001-6733-0993.
Communicating science is more critical than ever. As a scientist I believe we need to show why science is such a wonderful tool for understanding the world around us; not just the headline discoveries but how science actually works. I have written several books, the most recent of which is 1912: The Year The World Discovered Antarctica which looked at the dawn of a new age in understanding the natural world, and how we might reawaken the public's excitement for exploration and discovery. Inspired by the events surrounding 1912 I led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014, a privately-funded multidisciplinary scientific expedition, that set out to discover the environmental changes taking place in the south. A major part of the AAE 2013-2014 was communicating our scientific findings – from the deep field and in real time. You can follow my Intrepid Science team in the lab and the field using the full range manner of social media, including G+, YouTube and Vine. Learn more about Intrepid Science by clicking here.
In 2007, I was privileged to be the first recipient of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for outstanding young Quaternary scientist for pioneering research into past climate change and dating the past. In 2008 I was the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize for contributions to understanding the evolution of the Earth's climate over the last 50,000 years and in 2009, the Geological Society of London's Bigsby Medal for services to geology. Most recently I was honored to be awarded the Australian Academy of Science's Frederick White Prize for the understanding of natural phenomena.