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Research Fellow, Monash University

Tess's expertise lies in the science of weather producing systems, with a particular focus on heat waves and drought, through the examination of the large-scale atmospheric conditions and processes underlying extreme weather. She is interested in compound weather events, which occur when extreme weather affects more than one area at the same time, or impacts the same location in quick succession. Her research includes the connections between extreme weather and tropical-extratropical or stratosphere-troposphere interactions.


  • 2018–present
    Research fellow, School of Earth, Atmosphere & Environment, Monash University
  • 2015–2017
    Postdoctoral research associate, Dept of Physics, University of Oxford


  • 2015 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 2009 
    University of Melbourne, BSc (Hons)


  • 2022
    The role of heavy rainfall in drought in Australia, Weather and Climate Extremes
  • 2021
    Flash drought in Australia and its relationship to evaporative demand, Environmental Research Letters
  • 2019
    Seasonal predictability of the winter North Atlantic Oscillation from a jet stream perspective, Geophysical Research Letters
  • 2019
    The synoptic-dynamics of summertime heat waves in the Sydney area (Australia), Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science
  • 2018
    Two synoptic routes to subtropical heat waves as illustrated in the Brisbane region of Australia, Geophysical Research Letters
  • 2018
    Ensemble sensitivity analysis of Greenland blocking in medium-range forecasts, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
  • 2017
    Daily to decadal modulation of jet variability, Journal of Climate
  • 2016
    The response of high-impact blocking weather systems to climate change, Geophysical Research Letters
  • 2014
    Modes of variability and heat waves in Victoria, Southeastern Australia, Geophysical Research Letters
  • 2014
    The structure and evolution of heat waves in Southestern Australia, Journal of Climate
  • 2013
    The influence of tropical cyclones on heat waves in Southeastern Australia, Geophysical Research Letters
  • 2013
    Trapped mountain waves during a light aircraft accident, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society