Ailie is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment in the Faculty of Science.

Her work seeks to characterise and understand climate variability and change on multiple time and spatial scales, primarily for the Australasian and Antarctic regions. Most of her research relates to examining climate extremes, particularly extremes of the hydroclimate such as drought.

Her specific research interests include:

  • Examining the processes regulating variations in Australian drought.
  • Characterising decadal to multi-decadal scale climate variability in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Interpreting variability in the pre-instrumental climate using palaeoclimate data, and determining dynamical explanations for past climate variability.

Ailie is also a passionate climate science educator and communicator. See more at or follow her on Twitter @safaripenguin


Gallant, A. J. E. and S. C. Lewis 2016: Stochastic and anthropogenic influences on repeated record-breaking temperature extremes in Australian spring of 2013 and 2014. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/2016GL067740. Accepted February 2016.

Vance, T., J. Roberts, A. Moy, M. Curran, C. Tozer, A. Gallant, N. Abram, T. van Ommen, D. Young, C. Grima, D. Blankenship and M. Siegert, 2016 (accepted): Optimal site selection for a high resolution ice core record in East Antarctica. Climate of the Past, 12, 595-610,

Batehup, R., S. McGregor and A. J. E. Gallant 2015: The influence of non-stationary teleconnections on palaeoclimate reconstructions of ENSO variance using a pseudoproxy framework. Climate of the Past, 11, 1733-1749,

van Rensch, P., A. J. E. Gallant, W. Cai and N. Nicholls 2015: Evidence of local sea surface temperatures overriding the southeast Australian rainfall response to the 1997-1998 El Niño. Geophysical Research Letters​, doi:10.1002/2015GL066319.

Ding, Q., J. M. Wallace, D. S. Battisti, E. J. Steig, A. J. E. Gallant, H. J. Kim and L. Geng, 2014: Tropical forcing of the recent rapid Arctic warming in northeastern Canada and Greenland. Nature, 509, 209-212, doi:10.1038/nature13260.

Gallant, A. J. E., D. J. Karoly and K. L. Gleason, 2014: Consistent trends in a modified climate extremes index in the U.S.A, Europe and Australia. Journal of Climate, 27, 1379-1394, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00783.1.

Gallant, A. J. E., S. J. Phipps, D. J. Karoly, B. Mullan and A. Lorrey, 2013: Non-stationary Australasian teleconnections and implications for paleoclimate reconstructions. Journal of Climate, 26, 8827-8849, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00338.1.

Gallant, A. J. E., M. Reeder, J. Risbey and K. Hennessy, 2013: Seasonal-scale droughts in Australia, 1911–2009. International Journal of Climatology, 33, 1658-1672, doi: 10.1002/joc.3540.

Phipps, S. J., H. McGregor, J. Gergis, A. J. E. Gallant, R. Neukom, S. Stevenson, D. Ackerley, , J. Brown, M. Fisher and T. van Ommen, 2013: Paleoclimate data-model comparison and the role of climate forcings over the past 1500 years. Journal of Climate, 26, 6915-6936, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-001808.1.

Steig, E. J., Q. Ding, J. W. C. White, M. Kuttel, S. B. Rupper, T. A. Neumann, P. Neff, A. J. E. Gallant, P. A. Mayewski, K. C. Taylor, G. Hoffman, D. A. Dixon, S. W. Schoenemann, B. Markle, T. J. Fudge, D. P. Schneider, A. J. Schauer, R. P. Teel, B. H. Vaughn, L. Burgener, J. Williams, E. Korotkikh, 2013: Significance of recent climate and ice sheet changes in West Antarctica, Nature Geoscience, 6, 372-375, doi:10.1038/ngeo1778.

Gergis, J., A. J. E. Gallant, K. Braganza, D. J. Karoly, R. D’Arrigo, K. Allen, L. Cullen, P. Grierson, and I. Goodwin, 2012: On the long-term context of the 1997–2009 ‘Big Dry’ in south-eastern Australia: insights from a 206-year multi-proxy rainfall reconstruction. Climatic Change, 111, 923-944, doi: 10.1007/s10584-011-0263-x.

Gallant, A. J. E., A. Kiem, D. Verdon-Kidd, R. Stone and D. J. Karoly, 2011: Understanding climate processes in the Murray-Darling Basin: utility and limitations for natural resources management. Hydrology and Earth Systems Science Discussions, 8, 1-46, doi:10.5194/hess-16-2049-2012. (access here)

Gallant, A. J. E. and J. L. Gergis, 2011: An experimental streamflow reconstruction for the River Murray, Australia, 1783–1988. Water Resources Research, 47, W00G04, doi:10.1029/2010WR009832.

Gallant, A. J. E. and D. J. Karoly, 2010: A combined Climate Extremes Index for the Australian region. Journal of Climate, 23, 6153-6165, doi: 10.1175/2010JCLI3791.1.

Gallant, A. J. E., and D. J. Karoly, 2009: The atypical influence of the 2007 La Niña on rainfall and temperature in southeastern Australia. Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L14707, doi:10.1029/2009GL039026.

Gallant, A. J. E., K. J. Hennessy, and J. S. Risbey, 2007: Trends in rainfall indices for six Australian regions: 1910-2005. Australian Meteorological Magazine, 56, 223-239.