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Dr Carmel Pollino

Research Director


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Dr Carmel Pollino is a Research Director for the Water Security Program in CSIRO Environment. The Water Security Program in CSIRO holds capability in hydroclimate science, surface and groundwater hydrology, freshwater ecology and environmental informatics. The Program delivers water, environmental and digital science solutions nationally and globally, using an interdisciplinary approach. It underpins policy and management for climate adaptation, energy transitions, sustainable mining and gas resources, flood and drought recovery and resilience, infrastructure investment, environmental water management, and basin and regional water assessments.

Carmel has over 20 years of experience working on water issues in Australia and throughout Asia. She has degrees in science and environmental law and works across the science and policy interface. Significant areas of research include Environmental Flows, Integrated River Basin Planning, Hydrology, Ecology, and Water and Society. Carmel is the lead and also a contributor to global working groups on water and has published widely in this domain.

Current Roles

  • Research Director
    Water Security

Academic Qualifications

  • 2000

    RMIT University

  • 2006

    Masters (Env. Law)
    Macquarie University

Professional Experiences

  • 2010-2020

    Principal Research Scientist

  • 2006-2010

    The Australian National University

  • 2002-2006

    Research Fellow
    Monash University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2012

    Peter Cullen Trust