Presenter:Sally Thompson, Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering, University of Western Australia
This talk presents some of the findings of the Expert Panel on Urban Developments Impacted by High Groundwater that was established by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities as part of its “Integrated Research Project Five (IRP5: Knowledge based water sensitive solutions for development in high groundwater environments). It will explore the key issues that are applicable in high groundwater environments around the world, highlighting some of the opportunities to improve how we plan and manage urban development near these high aquifers on the Swan Coastal Plain in Perth.
Sally received her undergraduate degrees (in Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Engineering) from the University of Western Australia. She worked as an engineering consultant for several years, before starting her PhD with the support of a General Sir John Monash Award at Duke University. Sally began work at the University of Western Australia in 2019. Sally’s research is in ecohydrology, asking: “What do changes in ecosystems and vegetation mean for water? What do changes in water cycling mean for life? and What consequences does the link between life and water have for human and natural systems?”