Dr Oliver Schilling

Research Fellow

National Centre for Groundwater Res & Training

place Earth Sciences Building (105 B)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

My research and interests focus on developing new hydrological tracer applications and on improving our understanding of surface water-groundwater interactions in diverse environments, including ephemeral streams in arid regions, alpine river valleys, boreal headwater catchments, and volcanic flow systems.

I've obtained my PhD from Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland under the supervision of Prof. Philip Brunner and Prof. Daniel Hunkeler in 2017. After my PhD, I was awarded an early postdoc.mobility fellowship grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF grant no. P2NEP2_171985), which allowed me to conduct research at Université Laval in Québec, Canada, together with Prof. René Therrien. My research at Université Laval focused on the investigation of snow - surface water - groundwater dynamics in boreal headwater catchments and the development of a new application for dissolved gas time series obtained with the novel GE-MIMS portable mass spectrometer. The research formed part of the 'EVAP - Hydrological modelling with energy budget' project.

In 2019 I came to Flinders University to work with Prof. Craig Simmons and Prof. Peter Cook at the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training to improve our understanding of the interactions between mining activities, ephemeral streams, groundwater and vegetation in the arid regions of Western Australia. To unravel these interactions I plan to apply a mix of physically-based flow modelling, aerial image analysis, environmental tracers and geostatistical analyses.

  • PhD in Hydrogeology, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • CAS in Applied Statistics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
  • MSc in Environmetnal Sciences, Major in Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
  • BSc in Environmental Sciences, Major in Aquatic Systems, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
Honours, awards and grants
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship (SNSF grant no. P2NEP2_171985)
  • Goldschmidt Conference 2018, Best Poster Award, Session 13i
  • Université de Neuchâtel, Prix Léone du Pasquier et Louis Perrier, Best PhD thesis of the Faculty of Sciences 2017
Research expertise
Ecological applications
Environmental engineering
Environmental science and management
Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Water contaminant remediation

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