Professor Craig Simmons


One of Australia’s foremost groundwater academics, Craig has been a significant contributor to global advances in hydrogeology for many years. In particular, he is a recognised expert in variable density groundwater flow phenomena.

Craig has been a chief investigator on various large national and international projects, has published more than 180 scientific articles, and has served as editor on a number of journals. He is currently Professor of Hydrogeology at Flinders University, and was recently elected a fellow of the Royal Society of South Australia. In 2011, he was awarded the Australian Academy of Science Anton Hales Medal for research contributions to the Earth Sciences — a top research recognition.

In 2006 Craig joined six other pre-eminent hydrogeologists to write a position paper on the state of groundwater research, training and management, which has been a catalyst for major groundwater reform in Australia. He is a member of the National Water Commission’s Groundwater Technical Advisory Committee.

In 2002, Craig won the Australian Award for University Teaching, and in the same year was named the Distinguished Oliver Lecturer by the University of Texas at Austin. In 2005, Craig was named one of the Top 50 Inspirational Young South Australians and was Flinders University Researcher of the Year.


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