Dr Jaci Brown

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Dr Jaci Brown is a Principal Research Scientist in the Agriculture and Food Business Unit.

Dr Brown's research expertise is seasonal climate and climate change. She has contributed to the climate change reports for Pacific Islands and developed new metrics for understanding changes to El Nino Southern Oscillation and Australian rainfall patterns. More recently she has been building new business pathways and techniques for delivering actionable weather and climate information into the Agriculture domain.

Dr Brown's current role is leading the Weather and Climate Decisions team in Climate Smart Agriculture.

Her team translates weather and climate information into actionable insights to improve decision making in agriculture. This includes developing new metrics for understanding risk, and new business models that make data sharing equitable. This research delivers value to a range of customers from producers and advisors through to ag-tech companies and the finance industry in collaboration with research and development partners.

Prior to her role as a Principal Research Scientist in Agriculture and Food, Dr Brown was a climate scientist in the Oceans and Atmosphere business unit. Dr Brown spent 3 years at Yale University as a postdoc studying the dynamics of El Nino Southern Oscillation before returning to CSIRO as an OCE postdoc and then a research scientist for climate change in the Pacific.

Current Roles

  • Member
    AMOS Equity and Diversity Committee

  • Member
    CLIVAR ENSO in a Changing Climate Research Focus Group

  • Lead
    Lead Expert Panel on Climate Variability for the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

  • Committee Member
    Managing Climate Variability Technical Committee

  • Instigator and Champion
    A&F and L&W Womens Mentoring Network

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-2018

    CSIRO award for convening the A&F external review session on innovation capability

  • 2017-2017

    CSIRO award for Collaboration and Teamwork

  • 2015-2015

    Finalist for the APEC science prize for innovation, research and education

  • 2014-2014

    Theo-Murphy High Flyers Think Tank on Climate change challenges to health: risks and opportunities.
    Australian Academy of Science

  • 2012-2012

    Frohlich Fellowship for visiting scientist

  • 2011-2011

    CSIRO Payne-Scott Award

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2014-2016

    Lead the Hobart Women's Forum

  • 2005-2005

    Scientist in Residence, Ogilvie High School

  • 2018-2019

    Instigated and ran the Women's Mentoring Network at CSIRO


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