Dr Greg Davis

Dr Greg Davis.

Dr Greg Davis: Theme Leader, Ecosystems and Contaminants

Dr Greg Davis leads research for the protection of aquatic ecosystems and restoration of contaminated water environments.

  • 20 January 2011 | Updated 26 July 2013

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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Current activities

Dr Greg Davis leads the Ecosystems and Contaminants Theme of the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship.

He leads a team of scientists who are identifying and quantifying ecosystem responses to changed flow regimes and pollution impacts, along with contaminant impacts on groundwater and surface water systems. They combine field studies, ecological modelling, risk assessment, and integration and synthesis across diverse fields of knowledge.

Currently, the Theme is:

  • developing nationally consistent methods and tools for defensible environmental flow determinations
  • developing nationally applicable frameworks for water ecosystem health assessments
  • quantifying contaminant pathways of exposure and developing remediation options for government and industry.

Dr Davis also leads CSIRO Land and Water's Water Reuse and Environmental Process Engineering research program.

In this role, he leads cross-disciplinary teams and projects that generate research to support water reuse and waste stream treatment, healthy ground and surface water environments, and resource and energy sector industries. This includes innovative approaches to mineral and petroleum recovery, reuse of mineral industry wastes, and geothermal energy.


Dr Davis is keenly interested in the role of science in informing industry, Government and the community to protect human health and the environment.

Dr Davis joined CSIRO in 1983, after completing his doctoral studies on the topic of pyritic oxidation in mining industry waste rock dumps at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, and the then Australian Atomic Energy Commission (now ANSTO).

Prior to his appointment as Theme Leader in 2013, Dr Davis led CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country's Industrial and Urban Groundwater Contaminants research area.

Academic qualifications

Dr Davis has been awarded a:

  • Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Mathematics (1st class Honours) degree from the University of Wollongong in 1979 and 1980
  • Doctor of Philosophy from the University of  Wollongong in 1983.


Dr Davis is the author of over 300 journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and reports to industry, regulators and community groups.

Dr Davis' achievements include:

  • In partnership with Argyle Diamonds Limited, received the Western Australian Government's Golden Gecko Certificate of Merit Award in 2012
  • Awarded the Australian Water Association (AWA) of Western Australia Water Research Merit Award for 2009
  • Chairman of the 6th International IAHS Groundwater Quality Conference held in Perth Australia, December 2007
  • Australian delegate to India on Bioremediation: Biotechnology Challenges
  • Seconded to SMEC and the United Nations to assess groundwater damages due to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait
  • Commonwealth representative, Environment Advisory Committee, Department of Defence (WA)
  • President, Western Australian Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
  • Chairman of the 1999 and 2000 Contaminated Site Remediation Conferences held in Perth and Melbourne, Australia.

Professional activities

Dr Davis is:

  • Adjunct Professor, School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia
  • Chief Editor, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
  • Member of panels in Western Australia and South Australia that recommend the appointment of state Contaminated Site Auditors.

Dr Davis has carried out projects for a range of industry (BP, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Shell, Chevron), Local, State and Federal Government (for example, WA Department of Environment and Conservation, Department of Defence), and others (for example CRC CARE).

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