This project is co-funded by the Queensland Government Drought and Climate Adaptation Program and Seqwater.

Jacky Croke

Jacky has over 35 years experience in research and teaching in geomorphology, climate and environmental change impacts in both Australia and internationally. She has previously lead large Industry funded research collaborations assessing the impacts of forestry and landuse change in sediment delivery, and most recently the impacts of extreme flood events on landscape processes and response. The Big Flood Project ( was a 4 year (2013-2017) Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project involving collaborations from key state agencies in south east Queensland, four Universities in Australia and one in the UK. It supported 5 PhD students and several research associates and delivered high impact research to both government and local authorities to better prepare for flood events in the region. Jacky has also contributed to the development of innovative communication tools for a range of stakeholders. One example is her role in the delivery of climate change website for the Queensland Government ( Her primary role on this project is overseeing project delivery, collaborations with partners and industry and postgraduate supervision.

John Vitkovsky

John has a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Adelaide (2001). Following the PhD John was employed as a research associate at the University of Adelaide working on leak and blockage detection in pipelines and pipe networks using fluid transients. After a brief stint as a consulting engineer, since 2004 John has been employed as a senior hydrologist at Queensland Hydrology (Department of Environment and Science, Queensland Government). This work has spanned water resource assessments and planning, salinity modelling, flood modelling, forecasting, ecohydrology, programming/software development, and incorporation of climate variability and climate change in hydrological assessments.

Ramona Dalla Pozza

Ramona has a PhD in Geomorphology (2007) and for the past 15 years has worked as a scientist with both the Federal and State governments investigating climate impacts on natural resource systems, palaeoclimate, climate change, fluvial and coastal geomorphology and biosecurity. Ramona was previously leading the Queensland Government’s Science Program to support the Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy and the Drought and Climate Adaptation Program. She is currently leading the communication of climate change science for the Victorian Department of the Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Ramona’s role in the project will be to assist with project reporting, communication and the coordination of workshops.

Sahar Amirnezhad-Mozhdehi

Sahar has a Master’s degree in Mine exploration engineering from University of Tehran, Iran, and she has experience in both academia and industry in the fields of probabilistic hazard analysis, fluvial geomorphology, and Palaeoclimate studies. She has been a member of the SISAL database working group (part of the PAGES project) since 2018 and has contributed to compilation, formatting, quality control, visualisation and analysis of SISAL database as well as dissemination of results. Her role is identifying the existing datasets in Queensland, as well as data collation and statistical analysis.

Kate Smolders

Kate has a PhD in Geomorphology and is currently a Senior Scientist (Catchments) with Seqwater. Kate’s role in the project is lead the industry involvement in the project, working between researchers and hydrologists to ensure the information feeds into Seqwater’s Water Security planning.

Paul Fisher

Paul is a scientist with over 17 years’ experience in marine and freshwater research. Paul completed his PhD in Marine Science in 2006 at the University of Queensland and has since completed Postdoctoral positions at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Victoria University of Wellington, and the University of Queensland. Paul’s research interest includes climate change, water quality, and source water protection. Currently a Senior Scientist at Seqwater, Paul manages a number of projects involving climate, catchment and pathogen research.

Andrew Parnell

Andrew Parnell is Hamilton Professor in the Hamilton Institute at Maynooth University. His research is in statistics and machine learning for large structured data sets in a variety of application areas. He has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers in applied journals such as Science, Nature Communications, and Plos ONE, and has methodological publications in journals such as Statistics and Computing, The Annals of Applied Statistics, and Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C. He has been awarded over €1 million to date in direct funding. He has been heavily involved in the commercialisation of research through the start-up companies Prolego Scientific (CSO) and Atturos (Scientific Advisor). He is currently a funded investigator in three different SFI centres: The Insight Centre for Data Analytics, The I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Centre, and The VistaMilk Centre for Precision Pasture-based Dairy.

Niamh Cahill

I develop Bayesian hierarchical models for the statistical analysis of climate change and family planning indicators.  I have co-authored over 20 peer reviewed publications in applied journals including The Lancet and Nature Comm.

Ben Henley

Dr Henley is a Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne and a Lecturer in palaeoclimatology at Monash University. He is the Research Fellow for the Victorian Drought Risk Inference Project (VicDRIP) and is investigating decadal climate variations, megadrought risk and hydrological impacts using multi-proxy palaeoclimate records, observed data and climate model simulations.

Kate Hughes

Kate received her PhD in Geomorphology in 2016 and for 10 years prior to that worked as a scientist within State government on soil conservation and management, natural hazard assessments, fluvial geomorphology and environmental monitoring. Kate’s role is to assist in project management and supervision.