Dr Nicky Grigg

Senior Research Scientist


Nicky Grigg works in interdisciplinary teams on a diverse range of projects concerned with global change and social-ecological systems. Recent and current projects include:

  • The development of an indicator framework for social-ecological resilience in agro-ecosystems, funded by the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

  • Assessment of SDL Adjustment Ecological Elements Method, funded by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA)

  • Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio projects in the Koshi and Indus catchments to support integrated water resource management, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

  • Collaboration with Australian Academy of Science: “Negotiating our future: living scenarios for Australia to 2050” http://www.science.org.au/Australia-2050.

She brings experience in mathematical modelling and analysis of social-ecological systems. Her PhD research involved measuring and modelling impacts of burrowing animals on aquatic sediment biogeochemistry. In her postdoctoral fellowship she worked on the implications of nonlinear dynamics on mathematical modelling of ecological systems. In her subsequent work at CSIRO she has worked on a diverse range of projects, from local scale (e.g. the biogeochemical response of the Coorong to drought) to national scale (e.g. what builds social-ecological resilience in Australia?).

Currently she is part of the Modelling Water Ecosystems group in the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Knowledge and Systems Program in CSIRO Land and Water.

Science and Professional Areas

  • Mathematical modelling
  • Complex systems science
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Resilience in social-ecological systems

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD, Resource Management and Environmental ScienceAustralian National University2003
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental, 1st class honours)University of Western Australia1995
  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)University of Western Austrlia1995

Professional Experiences

  • Senior Research Scientist (part-time, 80%)CSIRO Land and Water2012 - present
  • Research Scientist (part-time, 80%)CSIRO Land and Water2007 - 2012
  • Postdoctoral fellow (part-time, 80%)CSIRO Land and Water2003 - 2007
  • Laboratory research assistantGeophysical Fluid Dynamics Group, Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Western Australia1996
  • Summer vacation positions: engineering work experienceWest Australian Petroleum, Environment Group1993 - 1994
  • Summer vacation position: engineering work experience Laboratory assistant, Geomechanics Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Western Australia1992

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Australia 21
  • Editorial board member, Sustainability Science
  • Resilience Alliance member (CSIRO node)
  • Guest lecturer, "UN-CECAR Building Resilience to Climate Change" course, United Nations University2011 - 2013

External Publications Lists

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ORCID 0000-0002-7601-3866
Researcher ID H-1587-2011

Contact information


  • +61 2 6246 5569
  • +61 2 6246 5700 (Alternative)