Dr. Jacqueline Balston (Ba. App. Sc. Phd. Env. Sc.)
Dr. Balston has an undergraduate degree in applied science and a doctorate in climate science and has been an applied climatologist for the past 25 years. As such she has researched the impacts of climate variability and climate change on agriculture, natural resources, ecosystems, emergency management and the built environment across Australia.
During her career, Jacqueline has been Climate Research Scientist with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and South Australian Research and Development Institute and Senior Climate Research Scientist at the Queensland Climate Change Centre of Excellence.
She currently works as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at University of South Australia and as a private Climate Consultant to local, state and federal governments and organisations. She undertakes senior research and project leadership roles and has also acted as consultant climate change advisor to the South Australian Local Government Association and the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Group.
In collaboration with project partners, her work has been selected as an example of good climate change adaptation practice and was awarded winner of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Climate Change Champions Award at the regional and state level and winner of the Disaster Resilience award at the regional level and runner up at the national level.