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PhD Candidate in Climate Science, The University of Melbourne

Sonya completed a Masters of Atmospheric Science at the University of Melbourne in 2013, where she investigated changes in alpine Australia’s winter rain and snowfall events. She has worked for both the University of Melbourne and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology as a research assistant focusing respectively on synoptic weather patterns for extreme weather events and using statistical methods to project Victorian streamflows to the end of the century using downscaled CMIP5 global climate models.
Currently, Sonya is undertaking a PhD titled 'Local and remote climate impacts of dimethyl sulfide produced by the Great Barrier Reef'. This project aims to use a combination of field work and modelling to help understand the complex feedback processes between the Great Barrier Reef and the climate system, and determine if there will be a climatic impact due to the extinction of the Reef.


  • 2016–present
    Climate Science PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne
  • 2015–2016
    Climate Scientist, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
  • 2014–2015
    Climate Science Research Assistant, University of Melbourne
  • 2014–2014
    Intern , Australian Bureau of Meteorology


  • 2013 
    University of Melbourne , Masters of Sciene
  • 2011 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Science


  • 2017
    Future impacts of climate change on streamflows across Victoria, Australia: making use of statistical downscaling, Climate Research
  • 2017
    Understanding Victorian rainfall projection uncertainties: the influence of patterns of projected tropical warming, International Journal of Climatology
  • 2016
    Synoptic weather evolution and climate drivers associated with winter air pollution in New Zealand, Atmospheric Pollution Research
  • 2016
    Assessment and reconstruction of catchment streamflow trends and variability in response to rainfall across Victoria, Australia, Climate Research
  • 2015
    Synoptic climatology of extreme precipitation in alpine Australia , International Journal of Climatology
  • 2015
    Significant extra-tropical anomalies in the lead up to the Black Saturday fires, International Journal of Climatology
  • 2014
    A new perspective on Australian snow, Atmospheric Science Letters
  • 2014
    Current and future climate variability associated with wintertime precipitation in alpine Australia, Climate Dynamics

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society