Dr Will Howard

Honorary Senior Lecturer
Climate Change Institute

Dr Will Howard provides climate science advice in the Commonwealth Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, working across climate science, climate adaptation, and Great Barrier Reef policy, negative emissions and other issues.

He got a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from Brown University in the USA, was a U.S. Department of Energy Global Change Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University, a lecturer in oceanography at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole USA, a researcher at the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre.

He worked at the Office of the Chief Scientist in Canberra from 2010 to 2017, serving as Head of Science there in 2016-17.

In 2013-14, he initiated the Sedimentary Basin Management Initiative at University of Melbourne School of Earth Sciences, an integrated approach to understanding and managing sedimentary basins.

He is Deputy Chair of the Australian National Committee for Antarctic Research and serves on the National Committee for Earth System Science.

He continues to research marine climate change, with particular emphasis on ocean acidification and its impacts on the past, current, and future ocean, through affiliation at Australian National University.

Research interests

  • Oceanography
  • Other Earth Sciences
  • Climate Change Processes
  • Palaeoclimatology
  • BOSTOCK, H. C., BARROWS, T. T., CARTER, L., CHASE, Z., CORTESE, G., DUNBAR, G. B., ELLWOOD, M., HAYWARD, B., HOWARD, W., NEIL, H. L., NOBLE, T. L., MACKINTOSH, A., MOSS, P. T., MOY, A. D., WHITE, D., WILLIAMS, M. J. M. & ARMAND, L. K. A review of the Australian-New Zealand sector of the Southern Ocean over the last 30 ka (Aus-INTIMATE project). Quaternary Science Reviews.
  • CUBILLOS, J. C., HENDERIKS, J., BEAUFORT, L., HOWARD, W. R. & HALLEGRAEFF, G. M. 2012. Reconstructing calcification in ancient coccolithophores: Individual coccolith weight and morphology of Coccolithus pelagicus (sensu lato). Marine Micropaleontology, 92-93, 29-39.
  • GOODWIN, I. D. & HOWARD, W. R. 2012. Evidence of environmental change from the marine realm. In: MATTHEWS, J., BARTEIN, P. J., BRIFFA, K. R., DAWSON, A. G., DE VERNAL, A., DENHAM, T., FRITZ, S. C. & OLDFIELD, F. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change. London: SAGE.
  • HOWARD, W. R., ROBERTS, D., MOY, A. D., LINDSAY, M. C. M., HOPCROFT, R. R., TRULL, T. W. & BRAY, S. G. 2011. Distribution, abundance and seasonal flux of pteropods in the Sub-Antarctic Zone. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 58, 2293-2300.
  • ROBERTS, D., HOWARD, W. R., MOY, A. D., ROBERTS, J. L., TRULL, T. W., BRAY, S. G. & HOPCROFT, R. R. 2011. Interannual pteropod variability in sediment traps deployed above and below the aragonite saturation horizon in the Sub-Antarctic Southern Ocean. Polar Biology, 34, 1739-1750.
  • MOY, AD, HOWARD, WR, BRAY, SG & TRULL, TW, 2009, 'Reduced calcification in modern Southern Ocean planktonic foraminifera', Nature Geoscience, 2, 276-280.