Professor Peter Cook

Professorial Research Fellow

College of Science and Engineering

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GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Peter Cook is Professor of Hydrogeology at Flinders University and Director of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT). One of Australia's foremost groundwater scientists, Professor Cook has more than 20 years experience in groundwater research, spanning the fields of groundwater hydrology, ecohydrology, isotope hydrology, unsaturated zone flow process, and surface water – groundwater interaction. He has co-written books on environmental tracers and ecohydrology. He was the National Ground Water Association’s Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer in Ground Water Science in 2009, the first time this honour was awarded to a scientist from outside North America.


PhD, School of Earth Sciences, Flinders University 1989-1992
BA, 1st Class Honours in Geography, Australian National University 1983-1986

Honours, awards and grants

2009 Darcy Distinguished Lecturer - Awarded by the US National Ground Water Association
2008 CSIRO Chairmans Medal - Awarded to the Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project team for research that has delivered the most comprehensive and complete whole-of-basin water assessment ever undertaken in Australia
2007 CSIRO 'Go for Growth' Award
2005 CSIRO Teamwork Award
1994 Canada International Fellowship
1991 Flinders University Overseas Travelling Fellowship
1991 State Bank Travelling Award
1986 Australian National University Medalist

Key responsibilities

Director, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training

Supervisory interests
Groundwater age
Groundwater dependent ecosystems
Groundwater flow and solute transport modelling
Groundwater hydrology
Groundwater processes
Groundwater rechange
Groundwater/surface water interaction
Water resources management especially groundwater
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Groundwater recharge and inter-aquifer leakage (1), Managed Aquifer Recharge (1)
Principal supervisor: Groundwater/Surface Water Interaction (4), Groundwater recharge (1)
Associate supervisor: Environmental Tracers (1)
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