Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown, 2022 Doctoral Academy Fellow

An examination of the motivations underlying, and consequences of, social network dynamics for the resolution of environmental collective action problems, using "gamified" experiments and simulations (agent-based models)

Prof Yoshihisa Kashima
A/Prof Andrew Perfors

School / Faculty:
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences 
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

PhD Details

My PhD project aims to improve our understanding of thunderstorms in Australia, by using a range of weather observations and computer models. Thunderstorms can lead to damaging winds, heavy rainfall, hailstorms, and even tornadoes, but there is a lot we don’t know about the processes that lead to these events. By studying these processes, we can learn to improve forecasts of thunderstorms, and estimate how they might change in a warming climate.

Q & A

Why did you decide to do a PhD?
After I finished my undergraduate degree in science, I was fortunate enough to be involved in some really cool research projects working on tropical cyclones and thunderstorms, and I was able to experience what it is like to work as a scientific researcher. I enjoyed working on those projects so much that I wanted to continue to do research as a PhD student.

What do you enjoy reading?
Mostly non-fiction, science (surprise) and history.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not working on your PhD?
Taking my dog to the park and going rock climbing.

Name one fun fact about you.
I tried to get into mountain biking last year, but ended up starting my PhD with a broken collarbone.