Dr Todd Lane is the Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX), and Associate Professor and Reader in atmospheric sciences at the School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne.
Dr Lane received a BSc (Hons) in 1997 and PhD in 2000 from Monash University with specializations in applied mathematics and meteorology. After completing his PhD he accepted a prestigious Advanced Study Program postdoctoral fellowship at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado USA. During his postdoctoral position, he studied a range of topics in mesoscale meteorology, including research into aircraft turbulence and atmospheric waves. On completion of his postdoc in 2002 he moved to a permanent research scientist position in the Research Applications Laboratory of NCAR where he was a member of the FAA-funded turbulence forecasting development team. During that time, he also worked on the investigation into the crash of NASA's Helios experimental aircraft.
Dr Lane returned to Australia in 2005 to commence a faculty position in the School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne. In this position, he leads a research group in mesoscale meteorology and cloud processes, as well as contributes to the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs in the Climate and Weather area. In 2010, he was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to study convective cloud processes, and in 2014 was promoted to the rank of Reader.
Dr Lane has held a number of leadership positions including President of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (2014-2016) and Chair of the American Meteorological Society's Committee on Mesoscale Processes (2012-2015). He is currently a member of the WMO Expert Team on Severe Monsoon Weather.
From 2011 to 2018 he was a Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate S