Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick
Affiliated ARC Future Fellow
Field of Research: 
Climate Extremes
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Sarah is a 2017 Future Fellow awardee at the School of Science, UNSW Canberra. She previously held an ARC DECRA fellowship, and was based at the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW Sydney from 2011-2021. Sarah is currently a chief investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. Sarah has undertaken two postdocs at the CSIRO division of Marine and Atmospheric Research, as well as the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.  Due to her research activities and communication profile, Sarah was named a 2013 NSW Young Tall Poppy.  She was also the recipient of the 2021 Australian Academy of Science Dorothy Hill medal. Her research interests reside in temperature extremes, namely heatwaves. Sarah has investigated trends in heatwaves both globally and over Australia, as well as exploring the role of human activity and natural climate variability behind such changes. Her research program includes understanding future changes in heatwaves, how they may be driven by humans, as well as meteorological systems and natural climate phenomena, and how climate change may drive health impacts of heatwaves.