Rising Stars Recognised

Warm congratulations to CVEN academics Dr Martin Andersen and Dr Lucy Marshall on their recent promotions to Associate Professor.

‘This is an excellent achievement,’ says Head of School, Professor Stephen Foster, ‘and due recognition of Martin and Lucy’s respective contributions to leadership in research and teaching and engagement with the university and profession.’

Associate Professor Martin Andersen’s primary research interest is groundwater. His research is multidisciplinary in scope involving aspects of engineering, physics, geology, geochemistry and ecology with practical applications for water resources and water quality management.

In particular, he has done extensive research on surface water groundwater interactions, developing physical and chemical tracer methods and improving our understanding of geochemical and ecological processes related to these interactions. Martin enjoys fieldwork and has wide-ranging experience with undertaking large field investigations.  He is expert in establishing large groundwater field infrastructure and is currently leading the Federal Government NCRIS Groundwater Infrastructure Program.

Martin is the Director of the UNSW Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre (CWI) - an interdisciplinary research centre with staff members from Engineering, Science and Law conducting high level research in the areas of groundwater engineering, science, management and policy. Martin is currently involved in a range of Australian Research Council (ARC), industry and government projects on groundwater exchange with streams and wetlands; aqueous geochemistry of natural organic matter; karst hydrogeology; water use compliance; and ecological impacts from coal seam gas and mining operations - to mention a few projects.

Before settling in Australia more than 10 years ago Martin worked at the Technical University of Denmark on several EU research projects on seawater intrusion; submarine groundwater discharge and nutrient loads; and the natural baseline quality in European aquifers.

Martin teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on field groundwater investigations; groundwater geochemistry; aquatic chemistry; and fate and transformation of contaminants in the environment.

An environmental engineer and hydrologist, Associate Professor Lucy Marshall completed her undergraduate degree and PhD at UNSW before moving to Montana State University, where she worked at the interface of engineering and environmental science.

She returned to UNSW as an ARC Future Fellow in 2013 where her research has involved quantifying new conceptualizations of hydrologic processes and developing methods for model diagnostics and uncertainty analysis especially via Bayesian statistics and multi-model methods.  In 2017 she took up the role of Deputy Director of the UNSW Water Research Centre.

“Water is a fundamental resource,” Marshall says, “essential for survival, and I am very interested in the dynamics of water resources and how we can forecast water availability. We can improve hydrologic forecasts through improved catchment model structures and improved methods for model calibration and uncertainty assessment.  

More accurate models mean we’ll be better equipped to predict floods and droughts, estimate groundwater recharge rates and manage water quality concerns, which arise due to the transport of matter and pollutants.

In a country with limited water resources, but also on a global scale, it’s critically important to try to understand how water availability might evolve over the coming years and decades.”

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