Dr Sarah Hamylton, a geographer, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wollongong where she is Co-Director of the GeoQuest Research Centre and Academic Director of the Spatial Analysis Laboratory. Dr Hamylton sits on the Council of the Australian Coral Reef Society and co-founded the Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering Network. She has worked on various aspects of coastal climate change, including sea level rise, ocean acidification, coral bleaching and tropical cyclones. Recently nominated as ‘Woman of Impact’ by the University of Wollongong, Sarah has authored over 60 publications in the field of coastal spatial analysis, including a recent textbook.
Dr Hamylton used her residency to investigate collaborations between art and science that communicate climate change research in ways that engage with peoples’ values. Adopting the social-environmental case study of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Hamylton explored the efficacy of maps, drawings and story-telling for communicating the ways in which recent environmental changes are impacting the reef.