Dr Leanne Webb recently commenced a new position at the University of Melbourne, resuming her interest in climate change impacts on the horticultural sector, this time concentrating on the impact of extreme heat to pome- and stone-fruit orchards.
Prior to this Leanne was working with the climate projections team at CSIRO offering tailored climate projection data and services to NRM climate change impact researchers and stakeholders. In this position Leanne focused on communicating and delivering complex technical climate projections information to stakeholders from many different sectors. Leanne has published extensively in the field of climate change impacts and is a contributing author to the latest IPCC WGII report (Australia and New Zealand chapter).
Past doctoral research included an exploration of the potential impacts of climate change on the Australian wine industry with subsequent research focused on identifying adaptation options for this sector. Experience working in an industry setting as a viticulturist has proven highly instructive to Leanne’s approach in her wine industry related studies, and remains relevant in all of her research roles.