• 6128 Citations
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1994 …2020

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Research Biography

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, Geofluids and Heliyon.

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.

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Research Output

A probabilistic framework for water budget estimation in low runoff regions: A case study of the central Basin of Iran

Soltani, S. S., Ataie-Ashtiani, B., Danesh-Yazdi, M. & Simmons, C. T., Jul 2020, In : Journal of Hydrology. 586, 10 p., 124898.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Improving model-data interaction in hydrogeology: Insights from different disciplines

    Ataie-Ashtiani, B., Rajabi, M. M. & Simmons, C. T., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Hydrology. 580, 124275.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

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  • A constant rate salt tracer injection method to quantify pumped flows in long-screened or open borehole wells

    Poulsen, D. L., Cook, P. G., Simmons, C. T., McCallum, J. M., Noorduijn, S. L. & Dogramaci, S., Jul 2019, In : Journal of Hydrology. 574, p. 408-420 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Can collective action address the “tragedy of the commons” in groundwater management? Insights from an Australian case study

    Shalsi, S., Ordens, C. M., Curtis, A. & Simmons, C. T., 1 Nov 2019, In : Hydrogeology Journal. 27, 7, p. 2471-2483 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)