National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

Level 4, Building G39
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
Parklands Drive, Southport
Tel: 07 5552 9333
Fax: 07 5552 7333

Postal Address:

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
QLD 4222, Australia

Professor Jean Palutikof


Phone: +61 7 5552 7734

Professor Jean Palutikof is Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University. She took up the role in October 2008, having previously managed the production of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report for Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), while based at the UK Met Office.

Prior to joining the Met Office, she was a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, and Director of the Climatic Research Unit, at the University of East Anglia, UK, where she worked from 1979 to 2004, and a Lecturer at the Department of Geography, University of Nairobi, Kenya, from 1974 to 1979.

Her research interests focus on climate change impacts, and the application of climatic data to economic and planning issues. She specialises in the study of changes in extreme events and their impacts, especially windstorm. She was a Lead Author for Working Group II of the IPCC Second and Third Assessment Reports. She has authored more than 200 papers, articles and reports on the topic of climate change and climate variability. Her proudest moment to date was attending the ceremony in 2007 at which the IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr David Rissik

Deputy Director (General Manager)

Phone: +61 7 5552 8247

Dave is an environmental scientist with 20 years experience in water quality, estuarine and marine ecology, and natural resource management. He has a strong interest in the use of science to inform mangement and policy and works hard to ensure that this occurs. Dave has a PhD in biological sciences from the University of NSW.

He has experience in overseeing large research projects that are integrative in nature, and continues to be part of ARC Linkage Project teams. He has works in NSW and Queensland governments and held adjunct positions at UNSW, Sydney University and Griffith University.

Dave is a President of the Australasian Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientist. NCCARF provides an opportunity for Dave to use his experience and skills to ensure that work we do with our partners contributes strongly to the capacity of Australians to adapt to climate change and to assist researchers to build skills in the area of synthesis and integration.

Dr Sarah Boulter

Research Fellow

Phone: +61 7 3735 6594

Dr Sarah Boulter is a research fellow with NCCARF. In this role, Sarah has been involved in the research, development and synthesis of knowledge to support adaptation planning and management across all sectors. In particular her work has focused on extreme events and the lessons for adaptation, assessment of forest vulnerability and policy guidance. Before joining NCCARF she held roles at Griffith University researching the impacts of climate change on plant reproduction and biodiversity in forests and with the Queensland state government in science communication and policy related to vegetation management and impact assessment in Moreton Bay.

Anne Leitch

Knowledge Communication

Phone: +61 7 5552 7548

Dr Fahim Nawroz Tonmoy

Coastal Zone Specialist

Phone: +61 7 5552 8290

Fahim is the coastal zone specialist at NCCARF and working on the development of NCCARF’s coastal risk management tool. Fahim has a civil engineering background with a focus on coastal management. Before joining NCCARF he was a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney, working on climate change adaptation projects with coastal local governments in New South Wales. He has experience in developing mathematical frameworks and decision support tools for climate change vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning for coastal infrastructure. He has also worked in UK as a consulting civil engineer.

Fahim’s main research interests are coastal adaptation decision-making, coastal hazard modelling, urban resilience and infrastructure interdependency modelling.

Ana Perez Vidaurre

Senior Reseach Assistant

Phone: +61 7 3735 7786

Becky Kwiatkowskyj

Administration Officer

Phone: +61 7 5552 7557

Steve Webb

Senior Programmer/Web Developer

Phone: +61 7 5552 7225

Jennifer West

Business & Operations Manager

Phone: +61 7 5552 7239

Kim Wilson

Graphic Designer

Phone: +61 7 5552 7280