BSc (double major in geology); MSc prelim (soil science), MSc (Nat. Res Mgt), PhD (hydrogeology)

Research scientist and/or resource manager since 1978; exploration geologist (base metals, oil and gas) before that

Worked in the mining, oil and gas, agriculture and water industries. Currently with a federal research agency (CSIRO)

Worked on urban hydrology, dryland salinity, catchment hydrology, remote sensing, geophysics, water reuse, water resources, climate change impacts, least cost planning

Have run a regional NRM group; established remote sensing monitoring schemes; managed state water and solid waste policy, water planning and licensing; managed research teams in soils, catchment hydrology and water resource management


  • 2015–present
    Groundwater Hydrology Team Leader, CSIRO
  • 2004–2015
    Theme / Portfolio Leader, CSIRO
  • 2001–2004
    Director, Resource Management , Department of Environment (WA Government)
  • 2000–2001
    Director, Science and Evaluation, Water and Rivers Commission


  • 1984 
    UWA, PhD (hydrogeology)
  • 1980 
    UWA, MSc (Nat Res Mgt)
  • 1979 
    UWA, MSc (prelim) soil science
  • 1973 
    UWA, BSc (double major, geology)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Recycled Water for Heavy Industry and Preventing Seawater Intrusion
    Project Leader
    Funding Source:
    AWRCoE, Kwinana Industries Council
  • 2011
    Pilbara Water Resource Assessment
    Project Leader
    Funding Source:
    WA Government, BHP Billiton
  • 2007
    South West Sustainable Yield
    Project Leader
    Funding Source:
    Australian Government

Research Areas

  • Photogrammetry And Remote Sensing (090905)
  • Water Resources Engineering (090509)


CSIRO Chairman's Medal (2004)