Climate Centre Fellows 

Dr. David Noone – Director

Dr. Noone’s research seeks to better understand the natural world. His work involves modelling and observing dynamical processes that control the environment and climate system. He is most well-known for innovation in application of stable isotope tracers in the water and carbon cycles to improve understanding of the climate system. Noone has developed techniques to account for isotopic fractionation in land and atmosphere components of earth system models, established the use of satellite observations of isotope ratios to describe water cycles, and developed studies that employ in situ spectroscopic measurements of isotope ratios at field sites around the world. He supports the community though coordination of scientific workshops, providing guest lectures at summer schools and public outreach events, and working with middle-schools to enhance science and climate science education.



Dr. Melissa Bowen

Dr. Bowen is a physical oceanographer who is interested in how ocean dynamics underpin climate. Most of her research uses observations of the ocean to investigate how it changes and why. Some of Melissa’s recent work has investigated how temperatures are changing in the South Pacific, how dense water flows out of the Ross Sea, and how plastic moves in estuaries. She is the director of the Joint Graduate School in Marine and Coastal Science between the University of Auckland, and her research is funded by the Deep South National Science Challenge, the Antarctic Science Platform, and the Aotearoa Impacts and Mitigation of Microplastics Project.


Dr. Tra Dinh

Dr. Dinh’s research is in atmospheric science. Her focus is studying atmospheric processes that span a multitude of spatial and temporal scales, from the microphysics of clouds, to the global circulation, energy and moisture budgets. Using theory and numerical tools, in combination with observations, to study how the multi-scale interactions of atmospheric processes underline the basic structure of the atmosphere and how these interactions contribute to current and future climate change.


Dr. Craig Stevens

Dr. Stevens is a physical oceanographer with a focus on environmental fluid mechanics in extreme environments. He uses novel observational techniques to make discoveries about how the ocean works – primarily around how turbulence, stratification and waves interact and how entities react/behave/exist in such fluid environments. He has been PI on four Marsden Fund projects, was the past Chair of the Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association as well as a past President of the NZ Association of Scientists and has a strong interest in promoting environmental physics to the public. He is PI on a seven-year Antarctic oceanography Project funded by the Antarctic Science Platform.