Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas
Travels from: Tasmania
2020 TAS Australian of the Year
Categories: Innovation, Inspirational, Interesting Ideas, Motivational Speakers
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Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas is a Transdisciplinary Researcher and Knowledge Broker in the marine ecosystem modelling and risk assessment group for CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere in Hobart.
Holding a strong background in ecosystem science and marine ecosystem modelling, Jess is focused on helping to bridge the science-user-policy divide, as well as understanding how people make decisions, how they use information, and how best to communicate and engage regarding change and management for marine social-ecological systems.
Jess is a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is a Theme Leader with the Centre for Marine Socioecology.
A passionate advocate for diversity and gender equality in science, Jess co-founded the Homeward Bound project, which took the largest ever all-female expedition on a leadership journey to Antarctica in 2016.
Jess was one of Australia’s first 30 Superstars of STEM and was named Tasmania's Young Tall Poppy of the Year in 2015 for her excellence in research, science communication and policy engagement. She was also one of 12 female scientists globally to have her portrait featured as a constellation on the ceiling of New York’s Grand Central Station as part of GE’s Balance the Equation campaign.
Jess has now been named 2020 Tasmania Australian of the Year