Joelle is a palaeoclimatologist and science communicator working with Professor David Karoly at the University of Melbourne.
Her research focuses on reconstructing climate variability over the past 200-2,000 years using annually-resolved tree rings, corals, ice cores and historical records. She is leading a large multi-disciplinary Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project to reconstruct south-eastern Australia's climate history over the past 200-500 years (http://climatehistory.com.au/).
As leader of the international Past Global Changes (PAGES) working group on Australasian climate variability of the past 2,000 years (Aus2K), she developed the region's 1000 year temperature reconstruction for input into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (http://www.pages-igbp.org/workinggroups/aus2k/intro).
Joelle received her PhD in high-resolution palaeoclimatology from the University of New South Wales in 2006, and is currently a part-time student in RMIT's Professional Writing and Editing program.