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Research interests:

My particular area of interest is sustainable groundwater management as part of the broader catchment management framework. I believe sustainable management of the competing demands on catchment water resources requires management practices and policy informed by thorough and detailed scientific research. I have experience in geology, groundwater, chemistry, and geophysics and am eager to broaden my research skills in pursuit of a career in applied multidisciplinary science.

Career history:

Bachelor of Global and Ocean Sciences (Hons, 1st) The Australian National University 2010-2013:
Double major in geology, 1st class honours
Thesis title: Assessing hydraulic connectivity between the Walloon Coal Measures and Condamine Alluvium using geochemical data.

Geoscientist, Geoscience Australia 2014-2016: Graduate program, Groundwater team, Geophysical Acquisition and Processing Team, National Earth Observation Team.
Geoscience Australia is Australia’s premier geoscience agency providing geospatial information, services and capability to Australian Government, industry and stakeholders.

Active research projects:

Understanding hydrological and land-use controls on microbial pollution & human health risks in the South West China karst region.

Communities of the Southwest China karst region are often entirely dependent on groundwater resources for a large proportion of the year. Farming, forestry, and over-population enhance contamination mechanisms of the surface-groundwater system. Microbial pollutants are sourced predominantly from manure and sewage and are responsible for a host of diseases, particularly mild and severe gastroenteritis. The inherent geological and hydrological properties of karst aquifers allow minimal attenuation of microbial contaminants, a phenomenon that is observed throughout karst aquifers of the world, resulting in re-emergence of pathogenic microbes at groundwater bores and springs.

This project aims to constrain the spatial and temporal variation in sources, transport mechanisms, and fate of microbial contaminants in the Southwest China karst region using faecal indicator organisms (FIOs) as a tracer of microbial contamination. The project sits within a large multidisciplinary NERC co-funded UK-China project. The results should help inform management of this fragile ecosystem for urgent human health and environmental needs.

Recent publications:

Benchmarking passive seismic cover depth assessments