Our team

WRL teamThe core strength of WRL comes from our team.

Comprised of some of the highest calibre, globally recognised and creative problem solvers in their respective areas of research and industry; our prestigious record built over 60 years has made us what we are today. We are a band of pioneers and experts driven by a passion to finding grand breakthroughs for a better tomorrow.

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Denis OCarroll profile
Denis is the Managing Director of WRL; and has ongoing research projects investigating the environmental fate and ecotoxicity of nanoparticles released from commercial products, and developing climate change mitigation measures in urban areas... More
Grantley Smith profile
Grantley is the Director - Industry Research, of WRL and an Australian expert in the fields of physical and numerical modelling of water; with specialist expertise in water resources management... More
Martin Andersen profile
Martin’s primary research interest is groundwater geochemistry with practical applications for water resources and water quality problems... More
Stefan Felder profile
Stefan is an expert in physical modelling of turbulent free-surface flows, and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in water engineering with special focus on fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering... More
Will Glamore profile
William is an internationally recognised, award winning expert specialising in field, laboratory and numerical modelling studies related to wetland restoration and hydrology... More
Mitchell Harley profile
Mitchell specialises in the field of coastal morphodynamics, wave climatology, coastal modelling and early warning systems for coastal hazards... More
Helen Rutlidge profile
Helen is a Lecturer within the Connected Waters Initiative, supported by the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NGCRT)... More
2020 - Mahmood Sadat-Noori - web
Mahmood is a Lecturer and researcher in Coastal Groundwater; currently working on understanding the effects of wetland restoration on groundwater dynamics and quality... More
Kristen Splinter profile
Kristen’s research focuses on the application and development of remote sensing technologies to study the nearshore zone, and is an expert in coastline erosion and recovery from changes in the size of waves, sediment supply, and water levels... More
Ian Turner 2017 - profile
Ian is a Senior Coastal Specialist in WRL’s Coast and Estuary investigations group; and the former Managing Director of WRL. During 2020 Ian was named by The Australian as Australian Leader in the field of Ocean & Marine Engineering, with his extensive contribution to coastal engineering being recognised as one of “Australia’s leading researchers in engineering and computer science... More
Matt Blacka profile
Matt is one of Australia’s foremost experts in the application of physical models for analysis of coastal and marine structures, also specialising in coastal processes and hazards, coastal structures, vulnerability assessments, climate change adaptation, field data collection and coastal monitoring... More
James Carley profile
James has extensive experience with numerical and analytical models, undertaking detailed studies of beaches reviewing historical events, predicting future response to major storms, climate change and sea level rise, and beach response to structures... More
Francois Flocard profile
Francois is an expert in the field of renewable ocean wave energy; he has managed the installation of a 250 kW pilot device in Victoria and led several large studies related to wave dynamics and wave energy conversion processes... More
Brett Miller profile
Brett specialises in civil engineering hydraulics, coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics, reservoirs, floodplain modelling, hydrodynamic and water quality modelling; and is an international expert in the design and prediction of the impact of ocean outfalls... More
Ben Modra profile
Ben is an expert in the inspection, design and testing of coastal structures, particularly rubble mound breakwaters; and has a strong reputation for the analysis of environmental data... More
Duncan Rayner profile
Duncan is an expert in coastal wetlands and estuaries, specialising in field investigation and data collection in challenging environments. He has led numerous investigations of wetlands, both fresh and tidal, rivers and estuaries, and coastal shelf environments... More