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Research Scientist in Applied Mathematical Modelling, The University of Melbourne

Melanie is an honorary research fellow with the University of Melbourne and Research Scientist with the Physical Analytics team at IBM Research - Australia, focussing on weather impacted operations.

In particular, Melanie works on integrating modelling with a weather forced component applicable to emergency management, agriculture and insurance industries.

Her current work is focussed on developing models to understand household-based risk from bushfires in the peri-urban environment, and of developing models of impact of hail on crops.


  • 2013–present
    Research scientist, IBM Research - Australia
  • 2015–present
    Honorary Fellow, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne


  • 2012 
    University of Western Australia, PhD
  • 2008 
    Dalarna University, Sweden, Masters in Science Communication
  • 2005 
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons)
  • 2005 
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • 2005 
    Queensland University of Techology, Bachelor of Applied Science

Professional Memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Division
  • Australian Mathematical Society
  • Asia Pacific Consortium of Mathematics for Industry
  • International Association of Wildland Fire