« Back to the full team
Dr Joëlle Gergis


Climate science & impacts

Dr Joëlle Gergis

Expertise : Climate science & impacts

Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer. She is an internationally recognised expert in Australian and Southern Hemisphere climate variability and change who has authored over 100 scientific publications. Her research focuses on focuses on providing a long-term historical context for assessing recently observed climate variability and extremes.

Between 2018 and 2021, Joëlle served as a lead author on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on the Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report – a global, state-of-the art review of climate change science. 

As a media ‘go to’ climate change spokesperson, Joëlle spends a lot of time translating science for the public. Her general audience writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review, The Conversation and Harper’s Bazaar. She is also a scientific advisor to the Climate Council of Australia; an independent body providing expert advice to the public on climate change and policy. 

Joëlle was the recipient of the 2019 AMOS Science Outreach Award, a national science communication prize awarded by the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS), Australia’s peak professional body for climate science. 

She is author of Sunburnt Country: The future and history of climate change in Australia and Humanity’s Moment: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope.