Dr. Kathleen L. McInnes, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
Kathleen McInnes leads the Climate Extremes and Projections group of the Climate Science Centre in CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere business unit. Her work addresses how climate change will affect severe weather and coastal extreme sea levels with a focus on Australia and the Pacific. She has developed climate projections for impact and adaptation assessments to assist local government manage and adapt to climate change and was awarded Eureka awards in 2003 and 2009 for this work. She has published over 50 refereed publications and over 70 other reports and articles and was a contributing author on the IPCC second, third and fourth assessment reports. She was a lead author on the IPCC Special Report on Extremes, the IPCC Fifth assessment report chapter on Coastal Systems and Low-Lying Areas and is currently working on the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere. She was part of the CSIRO team that developed a wave energy atlas for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
Dr. Maria Byrne, Professor of Marine Biology, The University of Sydney
Dr. Maria Byrne is Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Sydney. Maria obtained her bachelors degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway and her doctorate from the University of Victoria, Canada. As a marine biologist Maria has conducted her work at marine research laboratories around the world. Her research in Australia has focussed on echinoderms and molluscs. For 12 years Maria was the director of One Tree Island Research Station, in the southern Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Over the years this iconic, fully protected reef system has provided a major platform for her research on the biology and ecology of marine invertebrates. The research station provided the opportunity for Maria and colleagues to monitor corals near the southern range of the GBR for the incidence of bleaching and effects of other global change stressors. Prof Byrne's research on comparative evolutionary biology has involved the quantification of the impacts of climate change stressors, ocean warming and acidification on fundamental biological processes including growth, physiology, development and calcification. This work investigates the responses of marine invertebrates across life stages to climate change and has involved species from the tropics to the poles. Her current research focusses on coastal acidification and biocalcification in sea urchins and oysters.
Sarah Barker, Special Counsel, MinterEllison
Sarah Barker is a Special Counsel at MinterEllison. She has two decades' experience as a corporate lawyer, and is regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on investment governance issues relating to climate change. Her expertise is sought by clients across Australia and New Zealand, and by global institutions from the Bank of England to the OECD, European Union and United Nations PRI. She is currently a non-executive director of one of Australia's largest superannuation funds, the $26-billion Emergency Services & State Super, and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia.
She has taught the flagship Company Directors' Course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors for more than a decade, is part of the faculty of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's Earth on Board executive programme, and in an academic visitor at the Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment at the University of Oxford.