Neil is one of Australia's original National Greenhouse Advisory Committee (NGAC) PhD scholars, and has been working in climate variability and climate change science for more than 25 years. He has published extensively in the international literature on the ocean's role in climate, climate variability, climate extremes and climate change.
Neil is President of the International Commission on Climate of IAMAS/IUGG; one of the Chief Investigators in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes; and Fellow of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. He previously led Australia's National Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Marine Biodiversity and Resources. He has given several plenary presentations, convened numerous symposia at international conferences, is Associate Editor of the Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science, and has previously served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Climate.