Two UNSW Scientia Fellowships for the School!

Dr Fiona Johnson and Dr Mitchell HarleyIn more good news for the School, Dr Fiona Johnson and Dr Mitchell Harley have each been awarded one of the highly sought-after UNSW Scientia Fellowships for 2019. 

Begun in 2017, the UNSW Scientia Fellowship program is one of the cornerstones of UNSW’s 2025 Strategy. Its aim is to attract and retain the best and brightest people, with outstanding research track records.

A primary goal of the program is to enhance UNSW research performance by attracting and retaining exceptional researchers at the highest level relative to career stage and supporting them with a unique development and collaboration package and career pathway commitment. 

A development and collaboration support package to assist with travel for collaboration and knowledge exchange, conferences, leadership programs and access to a range of other career development opportunities are unique elements of the Program.

Dr Fiona Johnson is Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering.  She is a civil engineer, award winning hydro-climatologist and humanitarian engineer. Her teaching is in the areas of water resources engineering and Humanitarian Engineering. while her research focuses on understanding the science of rainfall extremes, how rainfall and hydrology will change in the future and how these impacts can be mitigated through improved engineering for Australia and communities in the developing world. Her passion is to translate scientific knowledge into practical outcomes.

UNSW Scientia Fellowship program is one of the cornerstones of UNSW’s 2025 Strategy


Dr Mitchell Harley is a senior research associate at the Water Research Laboratory in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He is a leading researcher in the field of continental shelf dynamics, wave climates, coastal modelling and real-time early warning systems for coastal hazards. His research has led to a number of seminal publications in distinguished journals such as Nature Geoscience, the Journal of Geophysical Research (Earth Surface), the International Journal of Climatology, Coastal Engineering, Geomorphology and the Journal of Coastal Research. His work on the relationship between the El Nino/ Southern Oscillation and coastal variability in SE Australia is cited in the latest IPCC report (IPCC, 2014) on impacts, adaption and vulnerability to climate change.

Warmest congratulations to both Fiona and Mitch.

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