Graeme Pearman joined CSIRO in 1971 after doing a postgraduate year at
the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, on the energy budget of leaves
and plant canopies. His early work with CSIRO involved the measurement
of CO2 fluxes into wheat crops. He was Chief of CSIRO Atmospheric Research
from 1992 to 2002, and left CSIRO in 2004 to establish his own consultancy
company and take up a position with Monash University.
Graeme Pearman was born in 1941 in Western Australia and originally trained
as a biologist, obtaining his degrees from the University of Western Australia.
He was the main thrust behind the establishment of the Australian Baseline
Monitoring Station in Tasmania, which is now recognised as the premier
observatory of this kind in the world. In the mid-1980's, with the development
of understanding concerning likely planetary warming, Dr Pearman became
involved in the communication of this work to the wider scientific and
lay community, gaining widespread Australian media attention to the greenhouse
effect in 1986. He played a lead role in building up climate modelling
and atmospheric chemistry research at the Division of Atmospheric Research.
He also initiated the science-focussed conference Greenhouse 87, the community-focussed
Greenhouse 88, and Greenhouse 94, a conference that brought together an
even wider range of experts. He now conducts influential briefings for
the media, governments at all levels, Ministers and departmental staff,
and peak bodies of industry, engineering and environmental groups.
Graeme Pearman is a national and international expert in research on
increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere. Through
work as Chairman of START International (Washington)and with the International
Council of Science he has been involved in building research capacity
internationally. He has published over 150 scientific papers. Major awards
include the CSIRO Medal in 1988, UNEP Global 500 Award in 1989, elected
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1989 and Fellow of the
Royal Society of Victoria in 1997, a Medal of The Order of Australia in
1999, and a Federation Medal in 2003.