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Dr Matt Gibbs is a Senior Research Scientist (hydrologist) in CSIRO’s Water Resource Assessment team. Matt has 15 years’ experience in the fields of water resources, modelling (focused on hydrological, hydraulic and water quality modelling) as well as optimisation techniques. Prior to joining CISRO in 2021 he held a joint appointment as a Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide and Principal Hydrologist at the Department for Environment and Water, South Australia. This joint appointment put him in the unique position to have detailed knowledge of the modelling and advice needs within government, and of techniques and research developments to improve this advice. Through this role he developed strong relationships with state and federal governments and other stakeholders working on technical and policy matters in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Matt has led hydrological and hydraulic components in the Lower River Murray selected area for the key projects evaluating outcomes from the Murray Darling Basin Plan, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holders long-term intervention monitoring (LTIM) and monitoring, evaluation and research (MER) projects. Matt has led or contributed to numerous multidisciplinary projects for the Goyder Institute for Water Research focused on the River Murray and south east drainage network in South Australia. Other large projects in South Australia he has contributed to include SA Riverland Floodplain Integrated Infrastructure Program, designing and more recently operating floodplain regulators to inundate floodplains at lower flows than required naturally, and Health Coorong, Healthy Basin, advancing the scientific knowledge base used to manage the Coorong, as well as assessment of infrastructure options to improve the system. Matt has recently published in the fields of river restoration and hydraulics, uncertainty analysis, forecasting as well as salinity and blackwater modelling.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    Ph.D (Water Resources)
    The University of Adelaide

  • 2002

    B.Eng. (Civil & Environmental)
    The University of Adelaide

Current Roles

  • Senior Research Scientist
    Land and Water

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-2021

    Principal Hydrologist
    Department for Environment and Water, South Australia

  • 2007-2021

    Research Associate
    The University of Adelaide

  • 2010-2012

    Senior Hydrologist
    Department for Environment and Water, South Australia