AMOS is very pleased to announce that Dr Penny Whetton and Associate Professor Todd Lane have been elected as Fellows of AMOS. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to our new Fellows. Brief descriptions of their careers and contributions are below.
Dr Penny Whetton
Dr Penny Whetton had a distinguished twenty five-year career in CSIRO as an international leader in the science of regional climate change projections until she retired in 2015. She was very actively engaged in the communication of climate change projections for Australia, leading to improved national understanding of climate change. Penny continues to work as an honorary Fellow in CSIRO and as an honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Penny’s research contributions initially focused on climate variability and circulation variations associated with El Niño and links to rainfall and streamflow variations in Australia and regions around the Pacific rim, including China and the US, as well as effects on flow in the Nile. After moving to CSIRO, her research focused more on the impacts of climate change and projections of future climate change. She led the design and release of national climate change projections for Australia by CSIRO in 1992, 1996 and 2001, and by CSIRO with the Bureau of Meteorology in 2007 and 2015. Penny has written more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and 43 conference papers since joining CSIRO, as well as more than 65 reports for clients in State and Federal government, government agencies and industry. She has been very active as a Lead Author in multiple IPCC Assessment Reports. The CSIRO Climate Impacts Group, that she led, was awarded the 2003 Eureka Prize for Environmental Research.
Associate Professor Todd Lane
Todd Lane is Associate Professor and Reader in the School of Earth Sciences at The University of Melbourne, and the Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. Todd has made fundamental contributions on topics related to very high resolution modelling of gravity waves, clouds and turbulence. His work in this area has been influential because it has changed the way in which the discipline has thought about the generation of gravity waves by convection, and his work now informs the way in which these processes are parameterized in climate models. He has also turned his attention to very high-resolution modelling of extreme fire weather conditions and the dynamics of extreme precipitation. Todd served the Society as AMOS President 2014-16, and as vice-president for the two years prior to that. After his presidential term he continued on AMOS National Council and served on the AMOS Awards Committee. Todd was awarded the Anton Hales Medal by Australian Academy of Science for distinguished research in the earth sciences. He has received the Monthly Weather Review Editor’s Award, for excellence in reviewing of papers for the Journal, is a past chair of the AMS Expert Committee on Mesoscale Processes, and is a member of the World Meteorological Organization’s Monsoon Panel Expert Team on Severe Weather. He has supervised more than 18 postgraduate students.