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.

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Physical oceanography, Climate change science, Climate change processes, 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 Grants

GRANTS SINCE 2011:     List of grants awarded over the past decade

Special Research Initiative in Antarctic Science

SR200100008

King, M., L. Armand, D. Lannuzel, M. H. England, et al.

$20,000,000

2021-2023

The Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science

ARC-Linkage

LP200100406

Hogg, A., M.H. England, and 13 CI/PI’s

$1,162,000

2020-2023

Building Australia's next-generation ocean-sea ice model

Australian Antarctic Science Grant Program

Hogg, A., M. H. England, P. Heil, A. Kiss

$136,000

2020-2021

Modelling sea-ice at high resolution

Project 4541

ARC-Discovery

DP190100494

England, M.H., A. Hogg, A. Morrison, P. Spence and S. Griffies

$582,500

2019-2022

Risks of rapid ocean warming at the Antarctic continental margin

ARC LIEF Grant

LE190100021

Smith, S., Bernhardt, D., England, M.H., and another 12 CI’s

$4,320,000

2019-2021

Sustaining and strengthening merit-based access at NCI

ARC Centre of Excellence

CE170100023

Pitman, A.J., England, M.H., and another 16 CI’s

$30,050,000

 

2017-2023

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

NZ Marsden Fund

17-NIW-005

Behrens, E., M. H. England, Hogg, A. and C. Boening

$100,000

2017-2019

Southern Ocean fronts - Still an un(re)solved mystery!

Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (CSHOR)

M.H. England, and S.R. Rintoul

$500,000

2017-2021

Southern Ocean dynamics, circulation and water mass formation

National Environmental Science Program

M.H. England and A. Santoso

$340,000

2016-2020

Understanding climate variability and change - past, present and future

ARC-Linkage

LP160100073

Hogg, A., M.H. England, and 5 CI/PI’s

$599,223

2016-2020

An Australian Consortium for Eddy- Resolving Ocean-Sea Ice Modelling

ARC-Discovery

DP150101331

England, M.H.,   A. Sen Gupta, A. Santoso, S. McGregor, et al.

$610,000

2015-2017

Remote forcing of Pacific Ocean variability and impacts on global climate

ARC LIEF

LE150100089

Pitman, A.J.;

and 25 CI’s including

England, M H;

$490,000

2015

Connecting big data with high performance computing for climate science

ARC LIEF

LE120100181

 

Botten, L C;

and 25 CI’s including

England, M H

$650,000

2012

Enhanced merit-based access and support at the new NCI peta-scale supercomputing facility

ARC-Linkage

LP120100224

Newell, B., A. Pitman, M.H. England and 3 CIs

$215,913

2012-2014

Creating a climate for change: from cognition to consensus

ARC Laureate Fellowship

FL100100214

England, M.H.

   $2,918,382 (ARC)

+ $1,347,630 (UNSW)

2011-2015

Future risks associated with ocean surface warming: impacts on climate, rainfall, carbon, and circulation

ARC Centre of Excellence

CE110001028

Pitman, A.J., England, M., and another 11 CI’s

$21,400,000

2011-2018

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science

ARC-Discovery

DP110100601

Sen Gupta, A., M.H. England, A. and 4 other PI’s

$300,000

2011-2013

The changing relationship between the South Asian and Australian Monsoon in a warming world

ARC Super Science 

FS100100054

England, M.H., Pitman, A., Sherwood, S., et al.

$835,200

2011-2013

Precipitation-groundwater interactions over eastern Australia: climate change impacts at multiple scales

ARC-Discovery

DP1094784

England, M.H., A. Taschetto (APD)

$264,000

2010-2012

Modes of Pacific Ocean variability and their relationship to regional Southern Hemisphere climate


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

My Research Activities

  • Southern Ocean water-mass formation, and the global overturning circulation,
  • Climate modes of variability [including ENSO, the IPO, the IOD, and the Southern Annular Mode],
  • Ocean-ice interactions, and circulation and warming around the Antarctic margin
  • Southern Hemisphere coupled ocean-atmosphere-ice-climate dynamics,
  • Global ocean ventilation, ocean heat content trends and sea-level rise,
  • Coupled climate teleconnections, including inter-basin and tropical-high-latitude telecon­nections
  • Ocean drivers of climate extremes [including drought and flooding rains].

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

 

  • Southern Ocean water-mass formation, and the global overturning circulation,
  • Climate modes of variability [including ENSO, the IPO, the IOD, and the Southern Annular Mode],
  • Ocean-ice interactions, and circulation and warming around the Antarctic margin
  • Southern Hemisphere coupled ocean-atmosphere-ice-climate dynamics,
  • Global ocean ventilation, ocean heat content trends and sea-level rise,
  • Coupled climate teleconnections, including inter-basin and tropical-high-latitude telecon­nections
  • Ocean drivers of climate extremes [including drought and flooding rains].

Currently supervising

 

  • Ellie Ong (2021 - ; co-supervisors: Andy Hogg, Navid Constantinou, Ed Doddridge)
    Dynamics of the Antarctic shelf circulation
  • Christina Schmidt (2021 - ; co-supervisor: Adele Morrison)
    Variability and dynamics of Dense Shelf Water and AABW production
  • Hannah Dawson (2020 - ; co-supervisors: Adele Morrison and Veronica Tamsitt)
    Interbasin connectivity around the Antarctic margin
  • Julia Neme (2020 - ; co-supervisor: Andy Hogg)
    Variability and dynamics of the Weddell Gyre
  • Maurice Huguenin-Virchaux (2019 - ; co-supervisor: Ryan Holmes)
    Recharge and discharge of heat during El Nino / La Nina events
  • Bryam Orihuela Pinto (2018 - ; co-supervisors Andrea Taschetto and Agus Santoso)
    Impacts of a slowdown and variability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation
  • Zhi Li (2018 - ; co-supervisor Sjoerd Groeskamp)
    Subantarctic Mode Water and Antarctic Intermediate Water formation and dynamics
  • Rishav Goyal (2017 - ; co-supervisors: Alex Sen Gupta and Martin Jucker)
    Dynamics of atmospheric circulation over the extratropical Southern Hemisphere

 


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