Dr David Hutchinson
Research Fellow

Dr David Hutchinson

PhD, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Aug 2011 - Jan 2016.

PhB (Hons), Australian National University, Canberra, Feb 2005 - Dec 2008.

Climate Change Research Centre

I am a researcher in paleoclimate modelling, focusing on past warm climate intervals such as the Eocene (56-34 Ma), Oligocene (34-23 Ma) and Miocene (23-5 Ma). I am interested in the long-term evolution of the deep ocean circulaution, and the start up of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current over these periods. I have developed simulations of the Eocene-Oligocene using the coupled climate model GFDL CM2.1, and am currently extending these to new intervals in the Oligocene and Miocene. I have also recently developed simulations of the Last Interglacial (127 ka), exploring the impact of partial melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet.

I am undertaking an ARC DECRA fellowship from 2022 to 2025, based at the Climate Change Research Centre. I am also a long-term visitor at ANU earth sciences, as part of the Climate and Fluid Physics group.

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Climate Change Research Centre
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Zhang Z; Zhang Z; He Z; Tan N; Guo Z; Zhu J; Steinig S; Donnadieu Y; Ladant JB; Chan WL; Abe-Ouchi A; Niezgodzki I; Knorr G; Hutchinson DK; de Boer AM, 2022, 'Impact of Mountains in Southern China on the Eocene Climates of East Asia', Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, vol. 127, http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2022JD036510
    Journal articles | 2022
    de Boer AM; Hutchinson DK; Roquet F; Sime LC; Burls NJ; Heuzé C, 2022, 'The Impact of Southern Ocean Topographic Barriers on the Ocean Circulation and the Overlying Atmosphere', Journal of Climate, vol. 35, pp. 5805 - 5821, http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-21-0896.1
    Journal articles | 2015
    Turney CSM; Thomas ZA; Hutchinson DK; Bradshaw CJA; Brook BW; England MH; Fogwill CJ; Jones RT; Palmer J; Hughen KA; Cooper A, 2015, 'Obliquity-driven expansion of North Atlantic sea ice during the last glacial', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 42, pp. 10-382-10-390 - 10-382-10-390, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2015GL066344

2022-2024: ARC DECRA fellowship DE220100279: Did ocean circulation changes build the Antarctic ice sheet? $453,000 AUD

2019-2021: FORMAS Mobility grant 2018-01621: Climate Impacts of Paleogeography at the Eocene-Oligocene Transition. 3,260,925 SEK

  1. Developing equilibrium simulations of the Oligocene (30 Ma) and Miocene (15 Ma) warm climates using GFDL CM2.1.
  2. Developing snapshot simulations of Oligocene and Miocene simulations using ACCESS-ESM1.5.
  3. Enabling offline tracer simulations of Neodymium isotopes, to compare with proxy data of the meridional overturning circulation.
  4. Simulating partial loss of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the Last Interglacial (127 ka).