Researcher

Scientia Professor Matthew Heathcote England

My Expertise

Climate change; climate variability; oceanography; ocean modelling and climate studies; the Southern Ocean; the global ocean carbon cycle; ocean circulation around Australia.

Fields of Research (FoR)

Climate Change Processes, Physical Oceanography, Climatology (excl. Climate Change Processes)

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Biography

I explore large-scale ocean circulation and its influence on regional - global climate, with a particular focus on the Southern Hemisphere, including Antarctic climate processes. Using ocean and coupled climate models in combination with observations and theoretical approaches, I study what controls ocean currents and how these currents affect climate and climate variability on time-scales of seasons to millennia.

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I explore large-scale ocean circulation and its influence on regional - global climate, with a particular focus on the Southern Hemisphere, including Antarctic climate processes. Using ocean and coupled climate models in combination with observations and theoretical approaches, I study what controls ocean currents and how these currents affect climate and climate variability on time-scales of seasons to millennia.

Applications of this work include:

  • the circulation and variability of the Southern Ocean and its role in climate;
  • tropical ocean-atmosphere dynamics and teleconnections to polar regions;
  • global-scale water-mass formation: mechanisms, variability and stability; 
  • ocean circulation around the Antarctic margin and warming trends over the Antarctic shelf; 
  • the Southern Annular Mode and links to regional climate and rainfall; and 
  • past ocean circulation states and paleoclimate modelling.

My Qualifications

  • 1987  B.Sc. Honours (Class I and the University Medal), The University of Sydney, Australia
  • 1992  Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Sydney, Australia

My Awards

  • 2020 ISI Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher
  • 2019 ISI Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher
  • 2019 James Cook Medal, Royal Society of NSW
  • 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica [US$100,000]
  • 2017 Sydney Institute of Marine Science Emerald Award
  • 2016 Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • 2016 UK Diamond Jubilee Visiting Fellow
  • 2015 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW (FRSN)
  • 2014 Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
  • 2012 NSW Scientist of the Year - Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, and Physics
  • 2011 Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship 
  • 2010 Future Justice Prize (for leadership of The Copenhagen Diagnosis) [inaugural]
  • 2008 Land & Water Australia Eureka Prize for Water Research
  • 2008 Land and Water Australia “Cullen Oration” [inaugural]
  • 2008 Banksia Foundation Australian Environmental Researcher of the Year Award
  • 2007 Royal Society of Victoria Research Medal
  • 2006 Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship 
  • 2006 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Environmental Research
  • 2005 Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Priestley Medal
  • 2005 CSIRO Flagship Fellowship
  • 2004 Australian Academy of Science Frederick White Prize (Earth Sciences)
  • 2004 Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society RH Clarke Lecture
  • 1998 – 2002 Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Fellowship
  • 1991 – 1992 Fulbright Scholar (Princeton University)
  • 1987 University Medal, University of Sydney
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Contact

+61 2 9385 9766
+61 2 9385 7123