Dr Simon Benger

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Earth Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
My research interests include the application of GIS and remote sensing to the study of wetlands, rivers and floodplains, water management and health applications of GIS.  Some of these interests are now also being applied to climate change research.
PhD (ANU), MSc (Toronto), BSc Hons (Newc), BSc (UNSW)

Member of Institute of Australian Geographers
Member International Association of Hydrological Sciences
Member IEEE Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing Society

Current PhD Students

Joni Ahmed - "Environmental Decision Support Systems for Integrated Catchment Management, Aceh"

Trang Pham - "Solutions to Improve the Economic Efficiency, Management and Operation of Small and Medium Irrigation Systems in Vietnam"

Nyda Chhinh - "Water Availability for Farmers in the Rice Bowl Districts of Cambodia"

Fahad Alamoudi - "Flood Modelling of the Jeddah Region, Saudi Arabia"

John Marshall - "Spatial Invasion Ecology and Genetics of Blackberries in Native Vegetation of the Mt. Lofty Ranges, South Australia" (co-supervsied with Molly Whalen and Duncan Mackay, School of Biological Sciences).

Con Bilney - " The Environmental, Economic and Social Viability of Bush Tucker Enterprises in Australia"
Honours, awards and grants

Mawson Lakes Foundation Visiting Fellowship to Japan
International Centre for Excellence in Water Resources Management Visiting Fellowship to University of Valencia
Canadian Commonwealth Scholar
Australian Postgraduate Award
Australian Bicentennial Scholarship

2013   Benger, S.N., Dynamic Mudflat Habitat Modelling, Coorong, DEWNR, $25,000

2012-13 Benger, S.N., Landscape Change Scenario Model for Metropolitan Adelaide, NIES, Japan, $5000

2012-13 Benger, S.N., Water Regimes of Fleurieu Swamps, NRM Research Alliance, $6,000

2011   Benger, S.N., Study Group Australia, $4,400

2011-13 Benger, S.N., Spatial Services for Adelaide Coastal Waters Study, SA Water $14,700

2011-12 Pollino, C., Benger, S., Lester, R., Webster, I., et al., Ecological and economic benefits of environmental water in the Murray-Darling Basin, CSIRO Land and Water, Canberra $241,000

2011-12 Doody, T., Ye, Q., Fairweather, P., Benger, S., et al. River Murray response to Environmental Flows, Goyder Institute, $667,000

2011-12 Guan, H., Benger, S., Bennett, J., Ewenz, C., McGrath, A., and Soeharto, V., Adelaide Urban Heat Island, Dept Premier and Cabinet, Adelaide City Council, $75,000

2010 Benger, S.N., Landscape Change Assessment, Thomsons Lawyers, Adelaide $8,700.

2010-13 Beer, A., Benger, S.N., Clarke, B. and Forster, C., Spoer, J. and Taylor, M. Human Dimensions of Climate Change, Premiers Science Research Fund, $381,000

2010 Benger, S.N. and Dittmann, S., Tubeworm and freshwater mussel distribution in the Lower Lakes, SA Water, $28,000

2009 Fallowfield, H., Benger, S.N., Lester R., Duong, S, Environmental Flows in the Onkaparinga River, National Water Commission, AMLR NRM Board, SA Water, $161,000

2008 Dittmann, S. and Benger, S., Invasive Polycheate Worms, Lower Lakes, MDBC, SAMDB NRM Board, $65,000

2006-9  Fairweather, P., Dittman, S., Benger, S., Geddes, M., Paton, D., Brookes, J., Ye, Q., Tanner, J.,et al.,
CLLAMMEcology,CSIRO WfHC Flagship. $2,200,000.

Key responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Spatial Information Systems

Director of Studies for Geography and Environmental Studies, and Earth Sciences Majors for School of the Environment

Teaching interests
Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Image Analysis, Environmental Management
Topic coordinator
GEOG1003 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
GEOG2700 Geographical Information Systems
GEOG8700 Geographical Information Systems
Topic lecturer
GEOG3711 Advanced Digital Image Analysis
GEOG3712 Applied GIS Project
GEOG2701 Introduction to Remote Sensing
Supervisory interests
Environmental management
Water management
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Water Management/Environmental Management (5)
  • Water management

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