Director of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT)
National Centre for Groundwater Res & Training
Professor Craig Simmons FTSE is a leading groundwater scientist, recognised for major national and international contributions to groundwater science, education and policy reform. Director of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, he is one of Australia’s foremost groundwater academics and has been a significant contributor to global advances in the science of hydrogeology for many years. He is Deputy Chair and member of the Australian Government’s Statutory Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (IESC). He is also a member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development. Professor Simmons is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Hydrogeology and Schultz Chair in the Environment at Flinders University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is Deputy Chair of the Academy's Water Forum. Professor Simmons’ work has been recognised by numerous national and international research and teaching awards including the Anton Hales Medal for outstanding contributions to research in the Earth Sciences by the Australian Academy of Science. He was named the 2015 South Australian Scientist of the Year. Professor Simmons has served as an Editor and Associate Editor for numerous major international journals including Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Hydrogeology Journal, Groundwater, Environmental Modeling and Assessment and Vadose Zone Journal.
GAICD Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors (2013, Australian Institute of Company Directors)
PhD in Science: Hydrogeology (1997, Flinders University/CSIRO)
BSc Double Major in Theoretical and Experimental Physics (1994, University of Adelaide)
BE Electrical and Electronic Engineering with First Class Honours (1993, University of Adelaide)
2015 South Australian Scientist of the Year (recognises an individual who demonstrates outstanding excellence in any field of scientific endeavour and has made a significant national or international contribution to their field of research)
2014 Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
2013 Finalist, Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science (Australian Museum prize in recognition of an Australian individual who has demonstrated an outstanding role and impact on science)
2013 Water Industry Alliance Smart Water Award in Leadership for Australian Groundwater Modelling Guidelines (together with Sinclair Knight Merz)
2013 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 2013 Best Paper Award for “Salinity Effects From Evaporation And Transpiration Under Flood Irrigation”
2011 Flinders University Researcher of the Year
2011 Fellow, Royal Society of South Australia
2011 Australian Academy of Science, Anton Hales Medal in the Earth Sciences (for distinguished contributions to research in the Earth Sciences)
2008 Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Flinders University
2007 American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2007 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Water Resources Research
2007 Featured in Crown Content’s “Who’s Who in South Australia”
2005 SA Great “50 Inspiring Young South Australians” Honour List. South Australia’s “Top 50” across all fields under age 35.
2005 – 2006 Tall Poppy Science Award, awarded by the Australian Institute of Policy & Science, for outstanding achievements in the area of science (for outstanding academic achievement, scholarly excellence and community service)
2002 Australian Award for University Teaching (Australia’s highest award for teaching - Physical Sciences and Related Studies)
2002 Distinguished Lecturer 2002-2003, Fred L. and Frances J. Oliver Centennial Lectureship in Texas Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Texas at Austin
2001 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Director, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training
Simmons has diverse and interdisciplinary research interests and expertise in essential areas of groundwater hydrology, hydrological science, environmental science, earth science, geoscience and applied physical and engineering sciences. These include: variable density groundwater flow phenomena; salt lake hydrology, saline disposal basins; salinization and salinity phenomena, salt interception, groundwater discharge to River Murray, floodplain hydrology; surface water–groundwater interaction; wetland hydrology; groundwater–dependent ecosystems; hydrometeorology; submarine groundwater discharge, seawater intrusion, coastal hydrogeology; aquifer storage and recovery; fractured rock hydrogeology, regolith hydrology; contaminant hydrology; urban hydrology; unconventional gas, energy and mining; stochastic subsurface hydrology; porous media flow phenomena; groundwater flow and solute transport modelling;benchmarking and testing groundwater models; laboratory scale flow tank and column experimentation of groundwater processes; and history and philosophy of science.
: Groundwater Hydrology
: Groundwater Hydrology
2015 - Deputy Chair, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Water Forum.
2015 - Steering Committee, SA NRM Research and Innovation Network.
2015 - Member, US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development.
2015 - Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), SA Division Committee.
2015 - Chair, Roundtable for Oil and Gas Projects in South Australia, Working Group 3: Efficient and fit-for-purpose water use in the Cooper-Eromanga basins.
2014 Chair and Organiser, Australian Groundwater Leaders Dinner. A meeting of CEO’s and senior leaders from Commonwealth/State government, industry and research organisations in Australia with groundwater and related portfolios, interests and expertise to discuss current challenges and future opportunities for groundwater in Australia (December 8, Canberra).
2014 - Executive Committee, International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), Australia.
2014 Member of the Victorian Government On-shore Natural Gas Technical Reference Panel, Victoria.
2013-2014 Member of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority Basin Plan Expert Panels to review sustainable diversion limits.
2013 - Member of the Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (QLD), Agency Reference Group.
2013 - Chair, Research Subcommittee of the Statutory Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development ($200M Commonwealth Government Initiative).
2013 - Alternate / Deputy Chair and Member, Statutory Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development ($200M Commonwealth Government Initiative).
2013 - Member of Roundtable for Unconventional Gas Projects in South Australia.
2012 Selection Committee, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (5th Award 2012).
2012 Catalyst/Co-author, National Groundwater Strategic Plan, for Council of Australian Governments.
2012 Chair, Interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Coal Mining ($200M Commonwealth Government Initiative).
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EDITORIAL BOARDS - CURRENT
2015 - Associate Editor / Member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Water Conservation Science & Engineering.
2012 - Associate Editor / Member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Vadose Zone Journal. Published by the Soil Science Society of America.
2012 - Member of the Editorial board of the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary book series “Multiphysics Modelling”, published by CRC Press.
2011 - Associate Editor / Member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Environmental Modeling and Assessment (ENMO).
2008 - Associate Editor / Member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Groundwater, the official journal of the United States National Ground Water Association.
2008 - Associate Editor / Member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Journal of Hydrology.