Thomas is Senior Risk Scientist at Risk Frontiers where he leads the business development of physical climate risk modelling services and technical development of Risk Frontiers' coastal, flood and tropical cyclone catastrophe loss models. He has worked for over 12 years in the fields of climate science, catastrophe risk and insurance, resilience, and coastal and flood modelling. Thomas is a Chartered Engineer, and an Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University. He holds a PhD in the field of Coastal Geoscience.
Thomas' background is in coastal engineering, flood hydrology, oceanography and climate science. He maintains an active research profile and has authored over 20 scientific papers in the field of coastal climate risk. His current research interests include: climate change impacts on coastal waves and water levels, in particular the role of atmospheric circulation changes on coastal vulnerability; and, understanding the role of internal climate variability on coastal and flood risk.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, and has reviewed for major journals including Nature Scientific Reports and Earth Science Reviews. He currently sits on the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership (APCP) Expert Panel. Between 2016 and 2018, Thomas was on the steering committee of the (Australian) Coastal Processes and Responses Node of the New South Wales Adaptation Research Hub.