Dr Gibbes is an environmental engineer with experience in hydrology & water resource engineering. In his current role with the University of Queensland’s Centre for Water Studies, he leads the group’s lake & reservoir research program. This program uses a innovative monitoring systems & numerical models to better understand the factors that influence water quality in water supply reservoirs. Dr Gibbes’ other research interests focus on the complex interactions between surface water & groundwater systems.
Dr Gibbes is an environmental engineer with over 12 years experience in the field of water engineering. In his current role as a research fellow with the University of Queensland’s Centre for Water Studies, Dr Gibbes leads the group’s lake and reservoir research program. This program uses a combination of innovative environmental monitoring systems and numerical models to assist water resource managers to better understand the key hydrodynamic and biogeochemical factors that influence water quality in water supply reservoirs. A feature of this program has been the close collaboration with a local water management agency (Seqwater) in the development and delivery of scientific information to support management decisions. Through his former roles in the consulting engineering industry and within both local and state government agencies Dr Gibbes has developed strong links with the water resource management community.
Dr Gibbes’ other research interests focus on the measurement and modelling of the complex interactions between surface water and groundwater systems. As an early career researcher he has successfully attracted research funding in this area and has developed a number of productive collaborative links with research groups based in Asia, Europe and North America. More recently, Dr Gibbes has assisted members of Australia’s newly announced National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training to establish new research programs in this area. Dr Gibbes also maintains an active involvement in the University of Queensland’s undergraduate and post-graduate teaching programs where he delivers lectures in various subjects including environmental issues and assessment, catchment hydrology, and modelling of surface water and groundwater systems. Dr Gibbes currently supervises a number of post-graduate students and is also the chairperson of the School of Civil Engineering’s environmental modelling seminar series.