William is an internationally recognised, award winning expert specialising in field, laboratory and numerical modelling studies related to wetland restoration and hydrology.
His primary fields of interest are related to estuarine hydrodynamics and water quality including restoration of estuarine environments, acid sulphate soils, coastal wetlands, boat wake waves, outfall hydraulics and field testing, and related physical and numerical models.
William is particularly interested in restoring large wetland and riverine systems. His PhD (1999-2003) was the first long-term doctoral study to investigate the implications of restoring tidal flows to wetlands impacted by acid sulphate soils (awarded PhD of the Year at UoW).
In 2005, William was awarded a Churchill Fellowship on “International Wetland Restoration Practices”. In 2007, he was awarded both the PIANC Authors Award and the Kevin Stark Medal for Excellence in Coastal and Ocean Engineering. In 2008, he was the first Australian to be awarded the International De Paepe-Willems Award. In 2009, William was a selected invitee to the 6th China-Australia Symposium on Sustainable Coastal Wetlands Ecosystem.
From 2010, he has been the course director of "Wetland Hydrology: Restoring the Basics". In 2013, William received the National Trust of Australia’s Natural Heritage Award as part of a long-term collaborative wetland restoration project (with Parks and Fisheries). He was also awarded a Peter Cullen Fellowship in 2013 and completed the Science to Policy Leadership Program. In 2014, William was awarded the National Trust of Australia's Heritage Award and Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Award.
In 2015, he was awarded the Green Globe Award. William currently supervises 15 research projects and was appointed to the EPA's Expert Panel on PFAs Contamination (Williamtown RAAF Base; Chair of the Water Working Group).
William has a Bachelor degree from the University of Colorado (Boulder) and a Doctorate in Civil/Environmental Engineering. He has been with WRL since 2003 and has managed and undertaken many large studies both domestically and overseas during this time.
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