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Dr Kane Aldridge, Director

Kane was appointed as 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. The 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.


Neil PowerNeil Power, State Research Coordinator DEW/Goyder Institute

Neil is the Director, State Research Coordination, Goyder Institute with the Department for Environment and Water (DEW).

Neil is responsible for the coordination of the State Government’s involvement on the Goyder institute supporting the development of the Institute’s research programmes. Neil has extensive experience in managing technical assessment programs in surface water hydrology, groundwater and water ecology 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 and he chaired a COAG working group on groundwater in 2008.


Daniel Pierce, Research Manager

Daniel Pierce is Research Manager at the Goyder Institute for Water Research and a Senior Hydrogeologist with the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) in South Australia where he has worked for the past 4 years.

His work with DEW has included providing technical advice to the development and revision of Water Allocation Plans around South Australia in collaboration with researchers and policy makers, and managing a team of groundwater modellers and hydrogeologists involved in an assortment of water resource management issues.

Daniel brings experience in project management and knowledge transfer and application from 13 years of private sector work in environmental management, science and engineering in Australia and the South Pacific.