Dr Yueqing Xie

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (252)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr. Yueqing Xie is a hydrogeologist, specialised in hydrological modelling. He has interests in combining field methods and computer models to advance knowledge and inform water resource management. He completed both of his Bachelor and Master degrees at the University of Geosciences (Beijing). The topic of his Master research was related to slope stability analysis broadly in the discipline of geological engineering. Afterwards, he came to Flinders University to pursue his PhD degree with Prof. Craig Simmons. His PhD research was to examine the predictability of variable density flow in groundwater. After completing his PhD research, he carried on his research to work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training located at Flinders University. Since then, he has worked on a number of projects, largely related to the assessment of hydrological processes and the estimation of water flow rates in different parts of the Earth's critical zone.


PhD in Groundwater Hydrology (2012, Flinders University)

Master in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering (2008, University of Geosciences Beijing)

Bachelor in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering (2005, University of Geosciences Beijing)

Honours, awards and grants
  • Ian Potter Foundation Travel Award, 2015
  • SA Branch Australian Water Association Postgraduate Excellence Award, 2012
  • Flinders University Overseas Travelling Fellowship, 2011
  • National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training Travel Scholarship, 2011
  • Excellent Graduate Award in Beijing, 2008
Research expertise
Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research interests

My research has been dedicated to advancing the knowledge of hydrological process across different parts of the dynamic Earth’s critical zone. This special zone extends from the top of the plant canopy to the deepest groundwater. Water resource is one of the core elements that cause and sustain different biological and geochemical activities (e.g., rock weathering, vegetation growth, nutrient transport). The availability of water resource also affects anthropogenic activities (e.g., agriculture, industry) and hence plays a central role in local economic development. The ultimate goals of my research are to (i) improve the knowledge of hydrological process and (ii) elevate our capacity to estimate and predict water movement for optimal use of water resource. To approach the goals, I study fluid dynamics and movement of waterborne solutes using a suite of techniques, including computer virtual experiments and laboratory physical experiments and field observation methods.

Supervisory interests
Groundwater flow and solute transport modelling
Groundwater hydrology
Groundwater rechange
Groundwater/surface water interaction

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