Dr Clare Michelle Stephens
Internal Contractor

Dr Clare Michelle Stephens

PhD in Civil/Environmental Engineering
University of New South Wales (with research exchange at Columbia University NY), 2020

Chartered Professional Engineer and Member, Institute of Engineers Australia

Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) (Hons I)
University of Queensland (with exchange at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany), 2011

Sch: Civil & Environmental Eng

Clare is a post-doctoral researcher with the UNSW Water Research Centre. Her key interests are in hydrology and climate change, with a focus on ecohydrologic modelling and data analysis. She obtained her PhD from UNSW, researching the performance robustness of hydrologic models under climate change. Clare was selected as a Westpac Future Leaders scholar in 2016 and the Young Environmental Engineer of the Year (Engineers Australia) in 2015. Before starting her research career, Clare was a consulting engineer working on flood risk management and infrastructure design projects.

Vallentine Annexe (H22) Kensington Campus


  • Journal articles | 2021
    Johnson F; Higgins P; Stephens C, 2021, 'Climate change and hydrological risk in the Pacific: a Humanitarian Engineering perspective', JOURNAL OF WATER AND CLIMATE CHANGE, vol. 12, pp. 647 - 678, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wcc.2021.277
    Journal articles | 2021
    Stephens CM; Lall U; Johnson FM; Marshall LA, 2021, 'Landscape changes and their hydrologic effects: Interactions and feedbacks across scales', Earth-Science Reviews, vol. 212, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103466
    Journal articles | 2020
    Stephens CM; Marshall LA; Johnson FM; Lin L; Band LE; Ajami H, 2020, 'Is Past Variability a Suitable Proxy for Future Change? A Virtual Catchment Experiment', Water Resources Research, vol. 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2019WR026275
    Journal articles | 2019
    Stephens CM; Marshall LA; Johnson FM, 2019, 'Investigating strategies to improve hydrologic model performance in a changing climate', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 579, pp. 124219 - 124219, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124219
    Journal articles | 2018
    Stephens CM; McVicar TR; Johnson FM; Marshall LA, 2018, 'Revisiting Pan Evaporation Trends in Australia a Decade on', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 45, pp. 11 - 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2018GL079332
    Journal articles | 2018
    Stephens CM; Johnson FM; Marshall LA, 2018, 'Implications of future climate change for event-based hydrologic models', Advances in Water Resources, vol. 119, pp. 95 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2018.07.004
  • Conference Papers | 2015
    Jordan P; Nathan R; Weeks W; Waskiw P; Herron A; Cetin L; Rogencamp G; Stephens C; Russell C, 2015, 'Estimation of flood risk for linear transport infrastructure using continuous simulation modelling', in The Art and Science of Water - 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, HWRS 2015, pp. 1441 - 1448


  • 2015 Young Environmental Engineer of the Year (Engineers Australia)
  • 2016 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship
  • 2019 National Council of Women NSW Australia Day Award
  • 2016/17 OzEWEX Summer Institute Scholarship – fully funded position for 6-week research program
  • 2018 Best Presentation by a Young Professional, Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium
  • 2018 Best Poster at UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Industry Engagement Day
  • 2011 Program Prize for highest GPA in graduating class, BE (Environmental)