International Association of Hydrogeologists Australia

IAH Victoria presents: Student presentation night 2020!

Thank you to all the presenters and RMIT for assisting with hosting this online event

Host: Dr. Matthew Currell, RMIT University

Program of presenters:

Xinyang Fan (University of Melbourne): Quantifying the sensitivity of groundwater to climate variations.

Xinyang is a joint PhD candidate between the University of Melbourne and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. She is supervised by Tim Peterson, Benjamin Henley and Meenakshi Arora at Melbourne and Monash Universities, and Nico Goldscheider and Nadine Goeppert at KIT. Her research interest is focused on quantifying the sensitivity of groundwater to shifts in climate in both Australia and Germany. Xinyang completed a Master of Environmental Sciences awarded by the University of Cologne, Germany and a Bachelor of Ecology from the Ocean University of China

Trac Tran (RMIT University): Feasibility of aquifer injection (ASTR) to control local flooding: A case study in Bihn Duong province, Vietnam.

Trac is a hydrogeologist, driller, and lecturer from Binh Duong province in South Vietnam. He has recently submitted his PhD thesis for examination, following four years of research into managed aquifer recharge in Vietnam, under the supervision of A/Prof. Matt Currell and A/Prof. Gavin Mudd.

Zibo Zhou (Monash University): Using geochemistry to understand sources of water and transit times in intermittent stream, southeast Australia

Zibo is a second-year PhD student in school of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment at Monash University studying under Professor Ian Cartwright. He received his master’s degree in China focusing on the geophysical and geochemical study of eolian deposits. His current research is about the application of geochemistry in the understanding river catchment processes in Victoria, Australia.

Aleyna Firat (La Trobe University): Hydrogeology of the Bentwell-Guttrum red gum forest along the Murray River, using high resolution bore hydrographs.

Aleyna is an Honours student at La Trobe University working under the supervision of A/Prof. John Webb and Phil Dyson.

Giancarlo Bonotto (Melbourne University): Identifying causal interactions between groundwater and streamflow in three Australian catchments using convergent cross-mapping.

Giancarlo completed a Master of Science at the Pennsylvania State University in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and a degree in Environmental Engineering at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, which included an exchange period at the University of Bayreuth. Giancarlo has experience in private and public sector roles as consulting engineer, hydrologist and high- school teacher. His PhD research proposes the development of a new generation of rainfall-runoff models capable of jointly simulate streamflow/groundwater and perform well at both high and low frequency events (multiyear droughts), phenomena expected to be more persistent with climate change and which when combined with human-induced water stress can strongly impact hydrology and ecology of rivers and wetlands. Therefore, his research contributes to understanding the interactions between surface/groundwater and the vulnerability of water resources and groundwater dependent environments in the face of climate change and increased water usage.

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