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Research Advisory Committee



The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) assists the Director in the development of the Research and Development Plan of the Goyder Institute and ensures that research is of international quality in areas that will ensure that South Australia’s science is being most effectively deployed to manage the water issues facing South Australia. It may conduct periodic reviews of Goyder Institute research project activities and make recommendations about the direction, content and details of future activities.

The RAC is chaired by the Goyder Institute Director and comprises a research coordinator from each research partner, up to two representatives from agencies as determined by the State, a representative of SARDI, a representative of the Australian Water Quality Centre, and up to three specialists as agreed by the Management Board.


The members of the RAC are:


Dr Kane Aldridge, Director, Goyder Institute for Water Research

Kane commenced as Acting Director of the Goyder Institute in September 2017. This followed an ongoing and productive association with the Goyder Institute since its commencement, with Kane in leadership roles for several Goyder Institute research projects during this time.

Kane has extensive experience in the science-policy interface within the water sector in Australia and South Australia. Before joining the Institute, Kane had a joint-role with the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) and The University of Adelaide. In this role, Kane established and led many multi-disciplinary and multi-organisation projects focussed on providing new knowledge to directly inform water policy and management. This role has also included providing scientific advice to policy within the department and a research leadership role within the university. The focus of this work was on informing the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Kane has also previously worked at SA Water, as a consultant within the private sector, at the Max Planck Institute (Germany) and at the University of British Columbia (Canada). Kane has a PhD and Bachelor of Environment Science (Honours) from The University of Adelaide.

Professor Justin Brookes, Director, Water Research Centre, University of Adelaide

Professor Justin Brookes, Director, Water Research Centre, University of Adelaide

Justin has broad research interests in limnology and water treatment with a primary focus on coupling between hydrodynamics, biology and water quality contaminants such as cyanobacteria and pathogens. He is a founding member of the management committee of the IWA Specialist Group on Lake and Reservoir Management and member of the Steering Committee for the Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network . 

Justin has a PhD and a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours from the University of Adelaide.




Jennie Fluin, Principal Advisor Research Partnerships, DEWNR

Jennie Fluin, Principal Advisor Research Partnerships, DEW

Jennie's role in the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) allows her to foster and strengthen opportunities for researchers to better connect with government to enable evidence-based decision making. Jennie has extensive experience working in both universities and government, allowing her to bridge the divide between the two sectors. She is focused on connecting natural resource researchers with natural resource decision makers, and facilitating fit for purpose partnerships.





Prof Jim Cox, Acting Research Chief, Sustainable Systems, SARDIProf Jim Cox, Acting Research Chief, Sustainable Systems, SARDI

Jim Cox is Acting Research Chief, Sustainable Systems within the South Australian Research and Development Institute (PIRSA-SARDI) and Adjunct Professor at Adelaide University. Jim did a BSc at Flinders University, majoring in Hydrology and was awarded a PhD from the University of Western Australia in 1988. Jim was Professor of Hydrology in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide for 2.5 years (a joint position with SARDI) and Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Land and Water for 15 years managing research programs within the Water for Healthy Country Flagship.

Jim’s research interests span three key research areas related to hydrology: catchment water balances; soil physical and chemical properties that affect water and solute transport in catchments; and soil-water-drainage theory. He has an extensive publication list, currently supervises PhD students in hydrology and soil science and has been involved in water-related research projects throughout Australia and overseas including China and the Philippines.


Dr Dirk Mallants, CSIRO

Dr Dirk Mallants, CSIRO

Dirk is Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Land & Water. He has a background in soil and groundwater hydrology with more than 25 years of experience in characterising and modelling water flow and contaminant transport in complex environments – typically variably-saturated soils, aquifers and low-permeable porous media including deep clay formations.

His work includes the evaluation by means of process-based models of management options for water-related environmental pollution problems. Dirk has also been involved in front-end and back-end (human health and environmental) impact assessment studies for the nuclear fuel cycle in Europe, South-America, and Asia. His current research involves the development of a holistic framework for integrated systems science across landscapes where groundwater is an important driver of change and vector for transport of nutrients, trace elements and contaminants.


Neil Power

Neil Power, Director, State Research Coordination, DEW

Neil is the Director, State Research Coordination, Goyder Institute with the Department for Environment and Water (DEW). Neil has extensive experience in managing technical assessment programs in surface water hydrology, groundwater and water ecology in the Department for Water and experience in water resource management and policy advice.

Neil is the Chair of the National Groundwater Working Group, which is a national policy advisory group to the National Resources Management Ministerial Council and he chaired a COAG working group on groundwater in 2008.



Darryl Day, Managing Director, ICE WaRM

Darryl joined ICE WaRM as Managing Director in September 2016. Darryl has more than 35-years of experience in the water and energy sectors. Darryl is a Life Member of the Australian Water Association and was the National President of the Association from 2005 to 2007. In 2015 Darryl was appointed as a Fellow of the International Water Association, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and awarded the Professional Engineer of the Year for Engineers Australia – Northern Division. Previously, Darryl was Executive Director Water Directorate, Department of Land Resource Management with the Northern Territory Government and General Manager with the Power and Water Corporation. Darryl Chairs the International Water Association (IWA) – Australian National Committee and has been the Co-Chair of the Programme Committee for the Singapore International Water Week – Water Convention since 2009. Darryl is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the School of Engineering and Information Technology of Charles Darwin University.


Professor Craig Simmons, Director, National Centre Groundwater Research & Training, Flinders University

Professor Craig Simmons, Director, National Centre Groundwater Research & Training, Flinders University

Professor Craig Simmons FTSE is a leading groundwater scientist, recognised for major national and international contributions to groundwater science, 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 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. He was named the 2015 South Australian Scientist of the Year. Professor Simmons has served as an Editor and Associate Editor for numerous major international journals including Water Resources ResearchJournal of HydrologyHydrogeology JournalGroundwater, Environmental Modeling and Assessment and Vadose Zone Journal.


Jacqueline Frizenschaf

Jacqueline Frizenschaf, Manager Catchments, Wastewater & Environmental Science, SA Water

Jacqueline has been in the water resources and water quality business for over 20 years. She has studied hydrology and water resource engineering in Germany and the USA and held research assistant positions at universities in both countries.

Her professional career is marked by her work as an environmental and groundwater engineering consultant with CH2M HILL in the USA for a 10 years, followed by work with the South Australian EPA and, more recently, with SA Water.

She has been with SA Water for the last 11 years. During that time period, she has been charged with a variety of projects, ranging from investigations and practical implementation of water quality protection measures in the areas of land, fire and (water supply) catchment management, to the more recent management of scientific investigations in the wastewater and environmental space. A particular focus area has been the articulation of business cases for improving the quality of SA Water’s natural (land and water) assets, as well as increasing the scientific knowledge and innovative thinking around the cost effective delivery of water and wastewater services to SA Water’s customers.


Peter Teasdale

Professor Peter Teasdale, Director, Natural & Built Environments Research Centre, University of South Australia

Peter is Director of the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre at the University of South Australia which he commenced in 2017. He has 25 years experience as an environmental chemist and his research interests include development of improved passive sampler techniques for environmental monitoring of water, sediment and soil to better understand biogeochemical and contaminant processes.

Peter has a PhD and a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree from the University of Wollongong and has previously worked at CSIRO, Lancaster University and Griffith University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and was recipient of the 2011 Lloyd Smythe medal in Analytical Chemistry.