PhD: Conferred on the 26th September 2016. This project was conducted under the supervision of Professor Matthew England and Dr. Alex Sen Gupta.

PhD thesis: Natural drivers of Interannual to Decadal Variations in Surface Climate

Bachelor of Global and Ocean Sciences (Honours): Australian National University: high distinction average, first class honours. My Honours topic was undertaken under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Hogg and Professor Ross Griffiths.

Honours thesis: A laboratory investigation into the effects of westerly wind stress and buoyancy forcing on the Antarctic Circumpolar Current
Grade: First class honours, Dissertation grade 93%

Grant Applications

Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship: Awarded to undertake a two year postdoctoral position at the Max Plank Institute For Meteorology. Here I wrote the project proposal. 

AXA Postdoctoral Fellowship: This award was offered, however was not accepted as I accepted the Humboldt Fellowship. Here I wrote the project proposal. 

WCRP funding for Early Career Scientists: Awarded to Early Career Scientists to attend the CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium and Open Science Conference, Qingdao 2016

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, travel funding: 4 successful applications adding to a total of $7500 AUD in funding.

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme: $2875 AUD to attend a Internation Conference during my PhD.

Scholarships and awards

Uwe Radok Award: 
For the best PhD thesis  awarded in 2016 in Australia in the fields of meteorology, oceanography, glaciology or climatology.

Outstanding Young Scientist Award: Presentation at IWMO, 2015.

Laureate Fellowship Scholarship: Awarded to a student, undertaking a PhD in Climate Change Research at the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

A. H. Hales Scholarship: Awarded to a student undertaking honours in Earth and Marine Sciences at the Australian National University.

ANU Summer Scholarship: Australian National University, awarded to undertake research for summer 2010, in Earth and Marine Science.

Publications: h-index = 6

First Author
Maher, N. England, M. H., Sen Gupta, A. and Spence, P. (2017), Role of Pacific trade winds in driving ocean temperature during the recent slowdown and projections under a wind trend reversal, Clim Dyn.

Maher, N., McGregor, S., England, M. H., and Sen Gupta, A. (2015), Effects of volcanism on tropical variability, Geophys. Res. Lett.42 ,6024–6033

Maher, N., Sen Gupta, A., and England, M. E. (2014), Drivers of decadal hiatus periods in the 20th and 21st centuries, Geophys. Res. Lett.,41, 5978–5986 


Maher W., Maher, N., Taylor, A., Krikowa, F., and Mikac, K. M, The use of the marine gastropod, Cellana tramoserica as a biomonitor of metal contamination in near shore environments, Environ. Monit. Assess, doi: 10.1007/s10661-016-5380-6 

Donat M. G., Lowry, A. L., Alexander, L. V., O’Gorman, P. A. and Maher, N. (2016), More extreme rain in the driest and wettest regions of the globe. Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate2941 

Meehl, G. A., Teng, H., Maher, N. and England, M. H. (2015), Effects of Mt Pinatubo eruption on decadal climate prediction skill, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 10,840–10,846, doi:10.1002/ 2015GL066608.

England, M. H., Kajtar, J. N., Maher ,N. (2015), Robust warming projections despite the recent hiatus, Nature Climate Change5, 394-396

Griffin, J., Latief, H., Kongko, W., Harig, S., Horspool, N., Hanung, R., Rojali, A., Maher, N., Fuchs, A., Hossen, J., Upi, S., Dewanto, S. E., Rakowsky, N. and Cummins, P. (2015), Frontiers in Earth Science, 3, 32

Griffiths, R.W, Maher, N and Hughes, G.O. (2011) ,Ocean stratification under oscillatory surface buoyancy forcing, J. Mar. Res., 69, 523-543 

Acknowledged in 
Smith, C.A., Speer, K.G. and Griffiths, R.W. (2014), Multiple Zonal Jets in a Differentially Heated Rotated Annulus, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 44, 2273–2291 

Hogg A. McC. & Griffiths R.W. (2010), A coupled ocean- atmosphere laboratory model of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, Ocean Modell, 35, 54-66 


Invited Presentations
Keynote seminar at the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Conference 2018:

Natural drivers of interannual to decadal variations in surface climate

KAUST Invited Seminar for Earth Science and Engineering Graduate Students 2017:
Hiatus periods: past, present and future

KAUST Seminar to Atmospheric and Climate Modelling Research Group 2017:
Does ENSO change under external forcing? The influence of volcanic eruptions, greenhouse gas emissions and internal variability.

European Geosciences Union, Vienna 2015:
Hiatuses in global warming: the role of volcanic eruptions and Pacific decadal variability

Greenhouse Conference, Hobart, 2015:
 Effects of volcanism on tropical modes of variability

Presentations and Posters
Conference presentations (11) Taiwan Meeting, Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology Hamburg 2018, Australian Meteorologic and Oceanographic Society Conference, Sydney 2018, 4th International Conference on Earth System Modelling, Hamburg 2017, CLIVAR-ICTP Workshop on Decadal Variability and Predictability 2015, International Workshop on Modelling the Ocean, Canberra 2015, American Meteorological Society 2015, Ocean Sciences, Hawaii 2014, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Conference, Hobart Australia 2014, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Conference, Melbourne Australia 2013 and 12th ACCESS Model Evaluation Workshop - Opportunities for Collaboration, Melbourne Australia.

Presented Seminars (10) Australian National University GFD Laboratory 2018, Climate Change Research Centre University of New South Wales 2018, ETH Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science 2017, Canberra University Ecochem Laboratory 2015, Australian National University, GFD Laboratory 2015, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories 2015, Max-Planck Institut Hamburg 2015, Met Office 2015, University of Exeter 2015 and GFDL seminar 2015.

Poster presentations (5) European Geosciences Union, Vienna 2016, CLIVAR Open Science Conference Qingdao China 2016, European Geosciences Union, Vienna 2015 and WGOMD/SOP Workshop on Sea Level Rise, Ocean/Ice Shelf Interaction and Ice Sheets, Hobart Australia 2013.


Scientific writing workshop by Dr Peter Rothlisberg from CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, and co-facilitated by ARCCSS researchers
Sign Up Careerbuilding for female postdocs at Max Planck Institutes

Organised Humboldt Climate Protection Fellows workshop at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg 2017

Languages: Able to use the following languages - Matlab, Python, CDO, NCO

Proficient in using Unix, Git, currently learning Ferret, NCL and able to run climate and ocean models including the MOM5 ocean model

Data sets: I have skills working with large quantities of data and large datasets and I have worked extensively with netcdf file structures. I have worked with the CMIP5 archive, considering multiple variables and multiple models. I have also looked at 3D ocean output from the MOM5 ocean model and the CESM climate model. 

Laboratory skills: I completed my honours in a fluid dynamics laboratory, using a rotating tank experiment. I also worked in an Ecochemistry laboratory during my undergraduate degree and have skills working with chemical reagents and undertaking chemical analyses.

Field work: I was selected as a student assistant to assist in a hydrographic survey on the Australian research vessel, the Southern Surveyor in 2013. I acquired ocean-observing skills, learnt to program floats and run a CTD profiler. For my undergraduate job I was employed to go into the field and collect gastropod samples from the intertidal rocky shore zones.