Dr David Hutchinson
I am a researcher in paleoclimate modelling, focusing on past warm climate intervals such as the Eocene (56-34 Ma), Oligocene (34-23 Ma) and Miocene (23-5 Ma). I am interested in the long-term evolution of the deep ocean circulaution, and the start up of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current over these periods. I have developed simulations of the Eocene-Oligocene using the coupled climate model GFDL CM2.1, and am currently extending these to new intervals in the Oligocene and Miocene, using Australia's community climate model ACCESS-ESM1.5. I have also recently developed simulations of the Last Interglacial (127 ka) using GFDL CM2.1, exploring the impact of partial melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet.
I am undertaking an ARC DECRA fellowship from 2022 to 2025, based at the Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW. I am a long-term visitor at ANU earth sciences, as part of the Climate and Fluid Physics group.