Ecosystem Modeller

Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas

Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas is a Research Scientist with the Australian Antarctic Division and a Project Leader with the ACE CRC. In her work, she uses mathematical models of marine ecosystems to understand how these systems function and how they might respond to climate change and other human activities. She is highly engaged in the translation of science into decision-making.

Jess is one of Science & Technology Australia’s 30 STEM Superstars for 2017, and was named Tasmania’s Young Tall Poppy of the Year in 2015 for her excellence in research, science communication and policy engagement. She is a co-presenter of the successful MOOC on Marine and Antarctic Science, which has engaged over 17,000 students. Jess is passionate about encouraging greater representation of women in science leadership, and is the co-founder of the Homeward Bound project which took 78 women with a background in science on a leadership journey to Antarctica in 2016. Jess was awarded her PhD in Quantitative Marine Science from UTAS in 2010. She was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford from 2003-2005.

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Current Research

Dr Melbourne-Thomas leads ACE project R2.3 on Status and Trends in ecosystems. Her current research uses ecosystem models to simulate different future scenarios and to help determine what’s driving change in particular components of the system. These results can then inform where and how we might best coordinate and invest in further research and monitoring. She currently supervises six PhD students through the ACE CRC.

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