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Biography

Jane’s career in natural resources science delivery spans nearly 30 years. It has focused on applying scientific solutions to natural resources management challenges, particularly in relation to groundwater and groundwater-dependent ecosystem management. Her experience and technical knowledge spans a range of issues including coal seam gas, coal and unconventional energy resources, uranium mining and radioactive waste disposal, groundwater sustainability, dryland salinity, groundwater-surface water dynamics; forest ecology and management; reserve design and biodiversity management.

With formal qualifications in hydrogeology and earth sciences, Jane has a broad multidisciplinary understanding of land and water sciences. She is Director of CSIRO’s Land and Water Business Unit, and has also held senior leadership positions including as Acting Chief Scientist and leader of the groundwater capability at Geosciences Australia, and Chief Executive of the National Measurement Institute. Jane’s multidisciplinary perspective has also seen her provide scientific advice across numerous committees and boards.

Jane’s interests include science communication, mentoring emerging science leaders, and working to provide inspired, innovative and impactful science solutions to national problems.