Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO

Jaci is a senior research scientist within the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), A partnership between CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology. Her main area of study is tropical climate and oceanography. Her research is based around understanding El Nino Southern Oscillation and climate change with over 30 published papers/reports to date.

Jaci's research extends across fields of coral bleaching, tuna habitats, regional climate change, Australian and Pacific Island climate, large scale ocean dynamics and high resolution ocean modelling.

Recently Jaci was part of the Pacific Climate Change Science Program - delivering climate change information to Pacific Islanders.(

Prior to working at the CSIRO Jaclyn was a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University. Her PhD and Undergraduate degree were undertaken at the University of New South Wales in Mathematics where she was awarded the University Medal.

Jaci has worked as a TV Weather presenter on the Tasmanian ABC Nightly News and The Weather Channel. She now volunteers on 7RPH Print Radio Tasmania.

Jaci is passionate about supporting women in science and runs the Women's Forum at CSIRO in Hobart

Outside of work, Jaci is Mum to 5 year old triplets.


  • 2008–present
    Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO
  • 2005–present
    Scientist in Residence, Ogilvie High School, Hobart.
  • 2006–2008
    Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University
  • 2003–2005
    TV Weather Presenter, ABC
  • 2000–2002
    TV Weather Presenter, The Weather Channel


  • 2005 
    University of New South Wales, PhD


  • 2014
    Effectiveness of the Bjerknes Stability Index in representing ocean dynamics,
  • 2014
    Incremental improvements in the CMIP5 global climate model simulations for the western tropical Pacific., International Journal of Climatology.
  • 2013
    Exploring qualitative regional climate projections: a case study for Nauru. , Climate Research 58, 165-182. doi: 10.3354/cr01190
  • 2013
    Structure and Variability of Pacific Equatorial SST and the edge of the Western Pacific Warm Pool in CMIP5, Climate Dynamics doi:10.1007/s00382-013-1931-5
  • 2012
    Projected changes in the tropical Pacific Ocean of importance to tuna fisheries, .10.1007/s10584-012-0631-1


Australian Representative at 2005 Nobel Laureates Meeting; Royal Society of Tasmania - Best Science PhD for 2007; Nominated for best Science PhD at University of NSW; University Medal at University of NSW.