Research scientist, Australian National University

Dr. Will Howard is a visiting fellow at Australian National University.

He is also the Deputy Chair of the Australian National Committee for Antarctic Research.

Dr. Howard has a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from Brown University in the US. He was a U.S. Department of Energy Global Change Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, a lecturer in oceanography at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole USA, a researcher at the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart until 2010, and Assistant Director, Science, at the Office of the Chief Scientist in Canberra, from 2010 to 2013.

He continues to research marine climate change, with particular emphasis on ocean acidification and its impacts on the past, current, and future ocean. He is interested in the ocean carbon cycle and the responses of marine ecosystems to climate change. His work has focused on the insights into climate change that can be inferred from ocean sediment records as a baseline for pre-industrial conditions and as a tool for understanding the impacts of large-magnitude climate changes of the scale anticipated in the coming centuries.

His work also focused on developing an integrated approach to understanding and managing sedimentary basins and particularly their porespace. The sometimes-competing uses of basins' subsurface spaces are crucial to agricultural productivity, energy, water and waste management, and to maintenance of ecosystems.


  • 2018–present
    Climate Science and Adaptation Advisor, Department of the Environment and Energy
  • 2011–present
    Visiting Fellow, Australian National University
  • 2010–2017
    Assistant Director, Office of the Chief Scientist
  • 2016–2017
    Head of Science, Office of the Chief Scientist
  • 2014–2017
    Adjunct Professor, University of Melbourne
  • 2014–2017
    Adjunct Associate, University of Tasmania
  • 2013–2014
    Associate professor, University of Melbourne
  • 1996–2010
    Lecturer, University of Tasmania


  • 1992 
    Brown University, PhD, Geological Sciences

Professional Memberships

  • Geological Society of Australia
  • American Geophysical Union

Research Areas

  • Palaeoclimatology (040605)
  • Climatology (Excl. Climate Change Processes) (040105)
  • Oceanography (0405)
  • Earth Sciences (04)
  • Marine Geoscience (040305)