Professor Craig Simmons

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor/Director National Centre Groundwater Research and Training

National Centre for Groundwater Res & Training

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GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Craig Simmons FTSE is a leading groundwater scientist, recognised for major national and international contributions to groundwater science, science leadership, 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 an Honorary Professor at The Australian National University (ANU). Professor Simmons 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 and an Australian Award for University Teaching. He was named the 2015 South Australian Scientist of the Year and the 2017 Australian Water Professional of the Year. He is a 2017 Convocation Medallist of Flinders University and a 2017 Biennial Medallist of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. Professor Simmons is Scientist in Residence at The Advertiser. 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, Water Conservation Science and Engineering, Australian Journal of Water Resources, Vadose Zone Journal and Heliyon.

Qualifications

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)

Honours, awards and grants

2017 Convocation Medallist, Flinders University (for ‘substantial and outstanding contributions to leadership and the advancement of knowledge, professional practice and community service in groundwater science, education, management and policy’)

2017 Biennial Medallist, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ) (for ‘exceptional research contributions to modelling and simulation’ across all disciplines)

2017 Fellow, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (FMSSANZ)

2017 Australian Water Professional of the Year (Australian Water Association Award honouring an individual who has displayed passion and commitment to the water industry, while also demonstrating leadership and influence)

2016 Premier's Water Medal for Water Professional of the Year SA

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

2013 American Society of Civil Engineers Best Paper Award

2011 Flinders University Researcher of the Year

2011 Fellow, Royal Society of South Australia

2011 Australian Academy of Science, Anton Hales Medal for Distinguished 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

2005 – 2006 Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute of Policy & Science, for outstanding achievements in science

2002 Australian Award for University Teaching

2002 Distinguished Lecturer, Fred L. and Frances J. Oliver Centennial Lectureship in Texas Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Texas at Austin

Key responsibilities

Director, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training

Research interests

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.

Supervisory interests
Groundwater hydrology
Groundwater modelling
Hydrogeology
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Groundwater hydrology (2)
Associate supervisor: Groundwater hydrology (4)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Groundwater hydrology (14)
Associate supervisor: Groundwater hydrology (13)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Environment
Groundwater
Minerals/Mining
Water Resources
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Media expertise
  • Environment
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  • Water Resources
Further information

MEDIA AND EDITORIAL BOARDS

SCIENTIST IN RESIDENCE - THE ADVERTISER

2015 - Scientist in Residence at The Advertiser

2016 - Advertiser Articles: Grounds for competitive advantage, Nuclear Reaction

EDITORIAL BOARDS - CURRENT

2017 - Editorial Board, Heliyon, Elsevier’s broad scope, quality open access journal.

2015 - Editorial Board, Australian Journal of Water Resources, Engineers Australia Journal.

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.

National and International Media (pdf)