Wendy Timms

Brief Introduction

Name: Wendy Timms
Highest qualification and awarding university PhD, UNSW, Sydney, Australia
Designation Professor
Employer Deakin University
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Key areas of interest Wendy’s broad research interests are currently:

  • water and energy sustainability at local and global scales
  • mine water management – final voids, water quality
  • groundwater – hydraulic and geochemical interactions
  • porous earth engineering – soil water, consolidation and subsidence
  • waste sequestration with low permeability barriers (aquitards and/or engineered systems)

My research combines site based and in situ methods, with laboratory experimentation and numerical modelling using various codes. 

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Professor Wendy Timms has 25+ years of professional experience in water project challenges across Australia, and also Canada and South East Asia. She has broad experience across consulting engineering, government, research and education as a groundwater engineer and environmental engineer. Wendy joined Deakin University as Professor of Environmental Engineering in 2018, after 6 years in UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resource Engineering. Wendy is Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia (Civil Engineer and Environmental Engineer), and is outgoing Vice-President of International Association of Hydrogeologists (Australasia & Pacific). Wendy is author of over 200 technical reports and 50+ peer reviewed journal papers. 

Research Project

  1. Otway environmental monitoring for carbon sequestration (CO2CRC industry funding).
  2. Optimisation of water management for coal mines – water tracer tools (Australian Coal Research Program).
  3. Groundwater and geology of Thirlmere Lakes area near Sydney, Australia. (Funded by New South Wales Environmental Trust).  

Key Publications/Reports

Timms, W, Nair, S., R Nelson, 2019, More joules per drop – how much water does unconventional gas use compared to other energy sources and what are the legal implications? Environmental and Planning Law Journal. 36:565-582

McMillan, TC; Rau, GC; Timms, WA; Andersen, MS, 2019. Utilizing the impact of Earth and atmospheric tides on groundwater systems: A review reveals the future potential. Reviews of Geophysics, 57(2):281-315


David K; Wendy Timms; Cath E. Hughes, Jagoda Crawford; Dayna McGeeney, 2018. Application of pore water stable isotope method to characterise a wetland system. Hydrol.Earth Syst. Sci. 22, 6023-6041, https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/22/6023/2018/

Timms W;Holley C, 2016, ‘Mine site water-reporting practices, groundwater take and governance frameworks in the Hunter Valley coalfield, Australia’, Water International, vol. 41, pp. 351 – 370, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2016.1173278

Timms, W., Young, R., Huth, N, 2012. Implications of deep drainage through saline clay for groundwater recharge and sustainable cropping in a semi-arid catchment, Australia. Hydrological and Earth Systems Science, 16, 1203–1219, 2012, doi:10.5194/hess-16-1203-2012.