Environmental Change Initiative welcomes Amanda Lynch
Professor of Geological Sciences,
Environmental Change Initiative, Environmental Studies
Professor Amanda Lynch came to Brown University in 2011 from Monash University, where she was a Professor in the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences and headed the University’s Climate program. Lynch obtained her Ph.D. in Meteorology in 1993 from the University of Melbourne. From 1992-2003 she was in the United States, most recently at the University of Colorado. She was a Fellow of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and a consultant to Los Alamos National Laboratory. She returned to Australia in 2004 to take up a Federation Fellowship and head the Monash University Climate program. She was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2008, and returned to the U.S. in 2011.
Lynch's interests lie in the application of climate and meteorological research to concrete problems of policy relevance. Her approaches include regional and global climate models of the contemporary and past climates, weather prediction models, statistical models, and quantitative and qualitative analysis. She has a strong interest in working with under-represented minorities, particularly indigenous people. The relevance of her work to policy applications was demonstrated by her invitation to join the US Society for the Policy Sciences. In addition to her interdisciplinary research, Lynch is an acknowledged leader in regional climate modelling, having developed the first regional climate system model in 1993. Her contributions were recognized when Lynch was awarded the Priestley Medal in 2008.
Amanda Lynch has held numerous leadership positions in Australia and internationally, including Councilor of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), member of the AMS Board on Societal Impacts, Councilor of the International Study of Arctic Change, International Polar Year National Representative, and Vice President of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies.