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Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall

My Expertise

Oceanic processes (excl. climate related), physical oceanography.

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Biography

 Degrees                 

    1st class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Feb 1970 – Dec1973

    Doctor of Philosophy, Dept. Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, Oct 1974 – May 1978

    Graduate Diploma in Economics (Hons), Australian National University, part-time, Feb 1981 – Jun 1982 

 

Prizes, Awards, Honours, Fellowships

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 Degrees                 

    1st class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Feb 1970 – Dec1973

    Doctor of Philosophy, Dept. Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, Oct 1974 – May 1978

    Graduate Diploma in Economics (Hons), Australian National University, part-time, Feb 1981 – Jun 1982 

 

Prizes, Awards, Honours, Fellowships

President of IAPSO, the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans, 2019 

Prize of Excellence, Werner Petersen Foundation, Sept 2018

Elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 2018 

Appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), January 2018

NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, 2017 

Awarded a Laureate Professorial Fellowship by the Australian Research Council, funding 5 years of research with 4 postdoctoral fellows, 2016 – 2021

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 2015. 

Jaeger Medal 2015, awarded by the Australian Academy of Science for outstanding investigations into the solid earth or its oceans

Royal Society of Tasmania Medal 2013, awarded by the Royal Society of Tasmania for substantial original research in the natural sciences  

Elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), 2012

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, 2012

Prince Albert I Medal, July 2011, awarded every second year by the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO)

Anton Bruun Medal, awarded by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Paris, Jun 2009

Appointed a CSIRO Fellow, 2007

A. G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science, presented by the Royal Society of Canada, 2005 

AMOS Fellow (Fellow of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society), 2004  

Centenary Medal from the federal government of Australia, for “Service to Australian Society and Science in Marine Science”, 2001

M. R. Banks Medal, awarded by the Royal Society of Tasmania to honour outstanding academic achievement by a mid-career scientist, 1998

Elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, 1997

Humboldt Prize, given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for fully-funded sabbatical visits by senior academics; taken up at the University of Kiel, May – Nov 1997

David Rivett Medal, awarded every 4 years for “Outstanding Research in the Physical Sciences by a CSIRO Scientist who is less than 40 years old”, awarded 1992

Frederick White Prize, awarded by the Australian Academy of Science for “Research Excellence in the Natural Sciences”, 1988

Queen's Fellowship in Marine Science, held at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, 1978-1980

J. T. Knight Prize, 1976, awarded by the University of Cambridge for research completed in the first year of a Ph.D. student's candidature

South Australian Engineering Design Award, 1975; awarded to Garry L. Brown and Trevor J. McDougall by the Australian Institution of Engineers, for a high-speed data acquisition system using TTL logic.

 

Editorial positions

  • Executive Editor, Ocean Science, published by the European Geophysical Union, 2019 – present
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Physical Oceanography, 2018 – present
  • Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 2013 – 2014
  • Advisory Board member, Ocean Science, published by the European Geophysical Union, 2009 – 2019
  • Associate Editor, Ocean Science, published by the European Geophysical Union, 2004 – 2009
  • Associate Editor, Deep-Sea Research, responsible for papers on theoretical oceanography and oceanic modelling; 1988 –  1993

 

TEOS-10 website for seawater papers and computer software

     Trevor McDougall and Paul Barker created and maintain the www.TEOS-10.org web site which describes the thermodynamic properties of seawater, ice and humid air.  This web site has had ~66,000 unique visits and ~12,900 unique downloads of the TEOS-10 computer software between October 2010 and February 2020. 

 

 

 

Professional Experience

- Excellence Professorship of the Werner Petersen Foundation, Germany, Sep 2018

- Henry Houghton chair for visiting senior earth scientists, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sep-Dec 2015

- Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, 2019 – present

- Adjunct Professor, University of Tasmania, from 2014

- Scientia Professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New South Wales, Jan 2013 – present

- Professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New South Wales, May 2012 – Dec 2012

- Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, 2012 – 2019

- Visiting Rossby Fellow, University of Stockholm, for a week per year, eight times beginning in 2008

- CSIRO Fellow, Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organisation, from Jan 2007 

- Research Group Leader, Ocean Observation and Assessment, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Hobart. Dec 2007 – Jun 2009

- Chief Research Scientist level 2 (CRS2), Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research, CSIRO, Hobart. Jul 2005 – Dec 2006

- Research Group Leader, Climate Research Group, Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research, CSIRO, Hobart. Jul 2004 – Jun 2005

- Honorary Fellow, Cooperative Research Centre in Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems, June 2003 – present

- Humboldt Research Award, awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for sabbatical visits to Germany by senior academics, taken up at the Institüt für Meereskunde, University of Kiel. May – Nov 1997

- Chief Research Scientist level 1, Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research, CSIRO, Hobart. Jul 1996 – Jun 2005

- Sabbatical visit to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, with financial assistance from WHOI and the US Office of Naval Research. Jun 1994 – Dec 1994

- Senior Principal Research Scientist - Division of Oceanography, CSIRO, Hobart. Jul 1991 – Jun 1996

- Technology Program Manager, Division of Oceanography, CSIRO. Jul 1990 – Mar 1993

- CSIRO Overseas Research Fellowship held at the School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, with financial assistance from the US Office of Naval Research. Apr 1989 – Oct 1989

- Principal Research Scientist in the Division of Oceanography, CSIRO. Jul 1987 – Jun 1991

- CSIRO Overseas Research Fellowship held at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, with financial assistance from WHOI. Jun 1985 – Nov 1985

- Senior Research Scientist in the Division of Oceanography, CSIRO. Jun 1983 – Jun 1987

- Research Fellow at the Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU. Jun 1980 – Jun 1983

- Queen's Fellow in Marine Science at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University. Jun 1978 – Jun 1980

- Graduate Student at St John’s College and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, (including three months as a Summer Fellow in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1976). Oct. 1974 – May 1978

- Design Engineer, Public Buildings Department, South Australian Government. Mar 1974 – Sep. 1974

- Research Officer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide. Dec. 1973 – Feb. 1974

 

Students Supervised

· John R. Taylor, PhD student at the Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU; Ph.D. awarded 1986

· Yuzhu You, M.Sc. student supervised in Hobart for an M.Sc. at UNSW; M.Sc. awarded 1989

· Anthony Barr, Vacation Scholar, Dec 1987 - Feb 1988

· Jan D. Zika, Vacation Scholar, Dec 2004 - Feb 2005

· Andreas Klocker, Ph D student, Oct 2005 – Jun 2009; PhD awarded 2010

· Jan D. Zika, Ph D student, Mar 2006 – Sept 2009; PhD awarded 2010. Jan was awarded three prizes for his PhD research; the 2009 Southern Cross Young Tasmanian of the year (Environment section), the 2012 Doctoral Award of the Royal Society of Tasmania, and the 2012 Uwe Radok Award of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, and the 2018 EGU Outstanding Early Career Award.

· Felicity S. Graham, Honours student, Jan – Nov 2010, 1st class honours and University Medal, Dec 2010

· Claire Roberts-Thomson, vacation student from Harvard University, USA, June – Aug 2010

· Guillaume Serazin, Master’s student, University of Lyon, France, Apr - Sep 2011. Master’s awarded Oct 2011

· Sjoerd Groeskamp, PhD student, Jun 2011 – Dec 2014

· Yuehua Li, Masters student, Jan 2013 – Jun 2013

· Kwok-Aun Tan, Master’s student, Jan 2013 – June 2015

· Stefan Riha, PhD student, Jan 2013 – Jan 2018

· Yuehua Li, PhD student, March 2014 – Sep 2017

· David Woolsey, Honours student, Feb - Jul 2014

· Oliver Krzysik and Himmat Panag, vacation research students, Dec 2014 - Jan 2015

· Antony Patterson Honours student, Feb – Nov 2016.

· Yandong Lang, PhD student, from Mar 2019 

 

PhD student administration

· CSIRO representative on the University of Tasmania – CSIRO Joint Program in Quantitative Marine Science, awarding top-up scholarships, and ensuring academic rigour in PhD project proposals, 2007-2011.

 

Postdoctoral Scholars Supervised

· Dr M. Geoff Stanley, Jul 2018 - present 

· Dr Yuehua Li, Nov 2017 – present

· Dr Paul M. Barker, May 2016 – present

· Dr Ryan Holmes, May 2016 – present

· Dr Casimir de Lavergne, October 2016 – October 2018

· Dr Sjoerd Groeskamp, March 2017 – October 2019

· Dr Andrew J. S. Meijers, May 2010 – Jan 2012, CSIRO OCE Postdoctoral Fellow

· Dr Jaclyn N. Brown, 2008 - 2009, CSIRO OCE Postdoctoral Fellow

· Dr Peter C. McIntosh, 1994 – 1997, Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Scientific Committees

- Member, selection committee for the Jaeger Medal of the Australian Academy of Science, 2018-2023, chair 2020-2023.

- Chair of the selection committee for the 2019 Prince Albert I Medal of IAPSO (International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans).

- Member, selection committee for the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics 2019 IUGG Gold Medal.

- Chair, Steering Committee to undertake the “Australian Climate Science Capability Review”, Australian Academy of Science, May-November 2016. Published as ISBN 978 0 85847 500 7 and available at www.science.org.au/climate-science-capability-review-2017

- Australian National Correspondent, IAPSO, the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans, 2016 - present.

- Vice-President, IAPSO, the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans, 2015-2019.

- Member of Sectional Committee 5 (Earth and Environmental Sciences) of the Royal Society, 2013-2016.

- Membership of the Oversight Committee preparing an update to the Academy of Science document “The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers”, August 2013 – February 2015. This publication is available at www.science.org.au/climatechange The original 2010 version (McDougall was also a member of the team that wrote this booklet) was distributed as > 200,000 hard copies and has had ~1,000,000 views on the Academy web site.

- Member of Sectional Committee 4 (Earth and Planetary Sciences) of the Australian Academy of Science, 2013-15

- Vice-chairman, Joint SCOR/IAPSO/IAPWS Committee on the properties of seawater. Jan 2012- present.

- Chair of the standing committee for the Elizabeth and Frederick White Conferences, Australian Academy of Science, member 2005 - 2010, chair 2008 – present

- Member of the selection committee for the 2013, 2017 and 2020 Prince Albert I Medals of IAPSO (International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans).

- Chair of the Tasmanian regional group of the Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science, 2007 - 2012.

- Principal Australian representative of SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research), 2004 - present

- Co-convenor, Science in the Shine Dome, 4thMay 2012, “Antarctic Science: from Mawson’s expedition to today”, Annual science symposium, Australian Academy of Science.

- Chair of the SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research) and IAPSO (International Association of the Physical Sciences of the Ocean) Working Group 127 on “Thermodynamics and Equation of State of Seawater”, Jul 2005 – Dec 2011

- Vice-chair of the IAPWS (International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam) Subcommittee on Seawater, Jul 2010 – Sep 2011

- Chair of the Awards Committee of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1999 - 2006

- Advisory Committee member, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, 2005-08.

- Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science, 2004 – 2007

- Member of the National Committee for Earth System Science, 2003 – 2008

- Member of the SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research) Working Group 121 on “Ocean Mixing”, 2002 – 2008

- Member of Sectional Committee 4 (Solid and Fluid Earth and Planetary Sciences) of the Australian Academy of Science, 1999-2003; chair 2001 – 2003

- Chair of the National Committee for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences of the Australian Academy of Science; member 1999 - 2003; chair 2000 – 2003

- Member of the scientific organising committee of the WOCE International Conference, Halifax, 25-29 May 1998

- Chair of R. V. FranklinUser Sub-committee, 1996-1998

- Member of the SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research) Working Group 108 on “Double Diffusion”, 1996 – 2003

- Member representing Australia, Intergovernmental WOCE Panel, 1990 – 1998.

- Chair of the Australian Scientific Steering Committee for the World Ocean Circulation Experiment; member 1987 – 2002; chair from 1993 to 2002

- Member of the Scientific Planning Group of Core Project 3 (The Gyre Dynamics Experiment) of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE); 1986 – 1989

- Member of the Scientific Steering Group (SSG) of the international World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE), a part of the World Climate Research Program; 1986 – 1992

- Member, Tasmanian Inventions Advisory Panel for the Assistance to Inventors Scheme, 1984 –1985

- Member of the SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research) Working Group 69 on 'Small-Scale Turbulence and Mixing in the Ocean', 1984 – 1988

 

Other memberships

- Fellow of Royal Society of London (2012), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (1997), Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (2018), Fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK (2012), Fellow of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (2004), CSIRO Fellow (2007), Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales (2015).

- Member of (i) American Meteorological Society, (ii) European Geophysical Union, (iv) Royal Society of Tasmania.

- A contributor to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

- Listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, since 1994

- Listed in Who’s Who in the World, since 1997

- Listed in Who’s Who, since 2012

- Listed in Who’s Who in Australia, since 2014

 

Video Interviews

Conducted video interviews of the following three Australian scientists for the Australian Academy of Science,

     McDougall, T.J., Interview with Dr Shirley W Jeffrey AM FAA NAS, Interviews with Australian scientists, Australian Academy of Science, 2000,
https://web.archive.org/web/20150406043635/http://www.sciencearchive.org.au/scientists/interviews/j/sj.html

     McDougall, T.J., Interview with Professor Stewart J Turner FAA FInstP FRS, Interviews with Australian scientists, Australian Academy of Science, 2004, https://www.science.org.au/learning/general-audience/history/interviews-australian-scientists/professor-stewart-turner 

     McDougall, T.J., Interview with Dr Angus D McEwan FAA, Interviews with Australian scientists, Australian Academy of Science, 2011.   https://www.science.org.au/learning/general-audience/history/interviews-australian-scientists/dr-angus-mcewan-oceanographer  

A recorded interview to the American Geophysical Union, with the main theme being how to be original in your scientific research. 
 
https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/giving-your-attention-to-something-different-an-interview-with-trevor-mcdougall/

 

Publications summary

     Trevor McDougall has published 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals.  His citation count is ~10,000, (Google Scholar, May 2020), accumulating at about 650 per year, with a Hirsch index of 50.  Twenty four have received more than 100 citations, while eight have been cited more that 300 times.  

 

 

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Location

The School of Mathematics and Statistics
University of New South Wales
SYDNEY NSW 2052
The Red Centre (Centre Wing)
Room 4071

Contact

9385 3498
9385 7123