Michael Roderick graduated with a degree in surveying in 1984 and subsequently worked as a surveyor across northern Australia until 1990. He then completed a PhD in satellite remote sensing and environmental modelling at Curtin University in 1994 and joined the ANU as a Research Fellow in 1996. He is a Professor in the Research School of Earth Sciences and the Research School of Biology. The main focus of his research revolves around water, at scales from cells to the globe. He is a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.