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Dr Geoffrey Puzon

Senior Research Scientist

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Dr Puzon is a microbiologist and Team Leader of the Resource Sector Biotechnology Team in the Industry Environments Program in CSIRO Land and Water Flagship. Dr Puzon has extensive experience in drinking water treatment and distribution microbiology, biofilm, pathogens, microbial ecology and bioremediation. Along with his students, Dr Puzon's research identifies and develops research targeting the role of microorganisms in complex systems such as drinking water distribution networks and subsurface contaminated aquifers. His team takes a laboratory and field based microbiological approach to provide real world answers to complex problems using both microbiological and cutting edge Omics techniques. His team engages with fellow researchers in multidisciplinary, collaborative national and international projects to integrate microbiology with chemistry, hydrology and modelling, thus providing a more complete understanding.


Phone: +61893336174

Other Interests

Bikepacking, mountain biking, hiking, camping and science outreach and education.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    PhD in Microbiology
    Washington State University

  • 1995

    BSc Biology (Genetics and Cell Biology)
    Washington State University

Professional Experiences

  • 2015-Present

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water Flagship

  • 2017-Present

    Team Leader-Resource Sector Biotechnology Team

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020-2021

    R&D Excellence Award
    Australian Water Association (WA-Branch)

  • 2017-2018

    CSIRO Land and Water Science Excellence Award

  • 2000-2004

    Certificate in Interdisciplinary Environmental Biogeochemistry
    Center for Multiphase Environmental Research, Washington State University

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