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International estuarine award for Southern Cross University researcher

International estuarine award for Southern Cross University researcher

Ecohydrologist Dr Damien Maher

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipient, Southern Cross University ecohydrologist, Dr Damien Maher, has been recognised internationally with the 2017 Cronin Award for Early Achievement by the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF).

The Cronin Award is an international biennial prize that recognises the significant accomplishments of an estuarine scientist in the early stages of their career development.

Most of Dr Maher's research has focused on carbon biogeochemistry, including diffusive transport across the sediment water interface and porewater/groundwater advective exchange. His extensive skills with carbon cycle research and cutting edge instrumentation put him at the forefront of this field. Dr Maher has developed and refined most methods used in the ecohydrologly lab including the novel use of cavity ring down spectrometry to measure carbon dioxide and methane concentrations and stable isotopes in water. He also refined several methods that rely on conventional isotope ratio mass spectrometry. The methods developed by Dr Maher are being rapidly incorporated by other research groups around the world.

“This is a great honour, and really highlights the outstanding work that our Ecohydrology Group is doing,” said Dr Maher. “While this is an individual award, it really belongs to our entire group. I express my sincere gratitude to our team, in particular all of the students who I’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. I am also deeply thankful for the outstanding research support that Southern Cross University provides, and for the funding that I’ve received from the Australian Research Council.”

Learn more about the CERF Cronin Award received by Dr Damien Maher.


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