I am an ice sheet modeller, climate system modeller and palaeoclimatologist, based within the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. My research is funded by the Antarctic Gateway Partnership.

I studied physics at the University of Oxford, before completing a PhD in climate system modelling at the University of Tasmania in 2006. As part of my PhD project, I developed the CSIRO Mk3L climate system model, a fast and portable global climate model designed primarily for studying climate variability and change on millennial timescales. I continue to develop and maintain the model, as well as to train, support and mentor users. CSIRO Mk3L is freely available to the research community, and now has more than 90 registered users located in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Sweden and the USA.

My current research aims to understand past changes in Antarctica and the climate of the Southern Hemisphere, particularly during the period from the Last Glacial Maximum (around 21,000 years ago) to present. To approach this problem, I use a combination of ice sheet models, climate system models and natural archives, such as ice cores, tree rings and corals. My core research interests are:

I am co-lead of SHAPE (Southern Hemisphere Assessment of PalaeoEnvironments), an International Union for Quaternary Research-funded project which seeks to understand changes in the Southern Hemisphere climate over the past 60,000 years. I am also a member of the steering committee for the PAGES Aus2k Working Group, which seeks to reconstruct changes in the climate of Australasia over the past 2,000 years. In addition, I am an active participant in a number of other large-scale collaborative international research projects:

I am a passionate believer in open science. Via this website, you can download every scientific article that I have ever published, every scientific presentation that I have ever given and the materials for every course that I have ever taught. I am also steadily working on making all the scientific data that I have ever generated available.

I am also a passionate believer in the importance of science communication, engaging with the public via online media, print, radio and television. I tweet regularly, I write for The Conversation and I maintain an occasional blog at The Time-Travelling Climatologist.

This site is maintained by Steven J Phipps. Last updated 19 February 2020.