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Danielle Udy

Antarctic climatologist

Danielle Udy works with Antarctic ice cores and climate models to help us better understand our changing climate

In high school, Danielle knew she wanted to work in weather or climate science and be outdoors. Now, her dream has become reality!

As an Antarctic climatologist, Danielle works with Antarctic ice cores in the -20°C freezer at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Hobart.

“We are developing a new ice core climate proxy for extreme weather events in Antarctica to be able to see how the snowfall onto the ice sheet changed before satellite observations became available,” Danielle says.

Danielle’s work helps experts figure out the impact of climate change and climate variability on climatic events such as flood, drought, bushfire and sea-level rise.

When she’s not in the lab, Danielle spends her time at the computer writing code to analyse data, and reading and writing scientific papers.

Danielle took geography, physics, maths B and physical education at school.

“I often wish I had done more foundational maths and coding courses in undergrad,” Danielle says. If you’re interested in using maths to help save the planet, Danielle says climate science is the place to do it.

“In particular, climate change risk assessment is a growing area of career opportunities, and we need more graduates who can understand and communicate climate science.”

Danielle’s study and career path to becoming an antarctic climatologist

  • Bachelor of Science (Geographical Science), The University of Queensland
  • Environmental consultant, BMT
  • Senior catchment modeller, Alluvium
  • PhD in climate science, University of Tasmania
  • Climate consultant, Alluvium
  • Postdoctoral researcher, University of Tasmania

This profile originally appeared in Careers with STEM: Maths & Data 2024.

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