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Adjunct Professor Malcolm Cox

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Environmental Systems

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Name
Adjunct Professor Malcolm Cox
Position(s)
Adjunct Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Environmental Systems
Discipline *
Other Earth Sciences, Geochemistry, Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Auckland), MS (University of Hawaii), BA (Macquarie University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
  • Geological Society of Australia (GSA)
  • Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA)
Keywords

3D visualisation geological systems, Hydrogeology, Groundwater chemistry, Environmental geochemistry, Stable isotope hydrology

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Research theme: Geoscience Research discipline: School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences Research program: Earth, Water and Climate Systems Research area Malcolm Cox has over 30 years international research and professional experience in groundwater system research, notably conceptual hydrogeological models and hydrochemistry.  His experience covers much of the Pacific Basin and includes geothermal systems as well as water resources, groundwater and surface water interaction, coastal settings, and environmental geochemistry.  He leads a group integrating geoscience and software development to produce 3D visualisation models of hydrogeological systems and processes.  These studies involve  integrated models of 3-D grtoundwater systems, groundwater flow and recharge mechanisms, and incorporate  measurement of water levels, and hydrogeochemistry and stable isotopes to confirm processes such as source and mixing.  These approaches have also been applied to large sand islands (e.g. Bribie Island and North Stradbroke), various catchments, and regional sedimentary basins, including those with CSG rersources.  Cox has supervised many research students in hydrogeology, hydrochemistry and environmental geochemistry of coastal zones and catchments. This had several linked studies that consider sources and distribution of Fe (and other metals) within the catchment and regolith, and in surface and groundwaters, plus modelling of estuarine and coastal groundwater processes and potential to transport solutes to marine setting. Many projects have been completed in the Pumicestone Passage area, and other parts of Moreton bay for groundwater and geochemistry.  Examples are surface and groundwater modeling of Elimbah catchment, Toorbul Island, Beachmere and the Pimpama coastal catchment.  All areas of  peri-urban setting with variable landuse (rural, horticulture, plantation, new residential) and  integrate surface water and groundwater systems, relation to land use and impacts of climate variation. Areas of expertise:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • Isotope hydrology
  • Environmental geochemistry

Currents grants

  • 2011 The Galilee Basin and GAB interface zone: hydrogeology, stratigraphy and hydrochemistry to characterise groundwater occurrence and flow. PhD Scholarship 2011-2013, M.Cox, J.Reeves, $105,000, Exoma Energy Ltd.
  • 2010  Visualisation planning tool for Bribie Island groundwater system. M.Cox, J.Reeves, J.Young $157,000.  SEQWater Ltd
  • 2009 Groundwater Visualisation Tools Project – Upper Condamine Region. M.Cox, J.Young. $48,000. TRaCK GU, Dept Environment & Resource Management.
  • 2009 Howard East groundwater system: 3D visualisation model, NT. M.Cox, J.Young. $39,826. TRaCK, Griffith University, National Water Commission, NT-NRETAS and Power & Water Corporation.
  • 2008  Environmental Geochemistry of Iron (Fe) in a Forested Coastal Catchment, Poona Creek, South East Queensland.  M. Cox, S.Loehr. $35,000. Forestry Plantations Queensland.                   
  • 2007 A Catchment Modelling Approach Integrating Surface Groundwater Processes, Landuse & Distribution of Nitrogen: Elimbah Creek, South East Queensland. M. Cox, M.Labadz. $49,500. Forestry Plantation Queensland; Moreton Bay Regional Council; SEQCatchments.
  • 2009 National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training – QUT Component (Program 1A: Characterisation of aquifers and aquitards). M. Cox. $558,567.  ARC Centre Excellence/NWC
  • 2009 Implications of Using Purified Recycled Water as an Adjunct to Groundwater Resources for Irrigation in the Lockyer: visualisation model.  M. Cox.  $111,200.  Urban Water Security Research Alliance/CSIRO.
  • 2008 Visualisation of Groundwater Systems to Support Management. Application to a Large Sand Island, North Stradbroke Island.  M.Cox, J. Young, A. James.  $49,020.  Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF).
  • 2008 Tamborine Mt. Community-Based Groundwater / Surface Water Investigation. A.Todd, M.Cox, J.Young. $205,833. Australian Government, Caring for Country (via SEQCatchments)
  • 2008 Upper Obi Obi Creek catchment groundwater visualisation, Maleny. M. Cox, J. Young, A. James. $25,000.  SEQCatchments; Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group.
  • 2007 Managing Hazardous and Nuisance Algae Nutrients of Concern: Iron and Particulate and Dissolved Organic Carbon and Groundwater Layer for Hazard Maps/Model. M.Cox.  $110,000.  EPA-Dept Environment and Research Management.
  • 2006–2007: Forestry Plantations Queensland (previously DPI Forestry) Soil Landscape Modelling Program in Exotic Plantations (M. Cox, A. Hammond) $40,000.
  • 2006–2008: ARC Linkage Grant Environmental controls over Fe availability and transport in a forested coastal catchment (M. Cox, P. Grace, A. Hammond, J. Smith and K. Bubb) ARC funding is $253,000.      Industry Partner is FPQ, funding is $114,294.

Selected research projects

  • 3D hydrogeological visualisation and animation CSG Cumulative Management Area (QWC)
  • 3D hydrogeological visualisation Condamine Valley (DERM)
  • 3D hydrogeological visualistion Surat Basin (Arrow)
  • Hydrogeology and isotope hydrology Lockyer Valley
  • Hydrogeochemical processes in coastal paleovalley Elimbah
  • Groundwater flow model Quaternary sediments, Beachmere
  • Evolution and age of coastal Quaternary infill, Beachmere
  • Controls over distribution of Fe in coastal sediments, Poona.
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Malcolm Cox.

Teaching

Teaching discipline: Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences

Teaching areas:

  • Groundwater Systems  NQB614
  • Honours and Graduate Diploma
  • Master of Applied Science (SC80)
  • PhD
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Malcolm Cox.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2013
Details
Scientific Co-Chair of the IAH 2013 Congress (40th International Congress) held in Perth 16-20 September, 2013.
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2014
Details
International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) 2009-2013: President of Queensland Branch and Member IAH National Committee 1995-1997: Member IAH National Committee & Editor IAH National Newsletter 1994: President of Queensland Branch
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2012
Details
Involved in planning for the 34th IGC2012 (International Geological Congress2012) in Brisbane, August, 2012, and Co-Convenor of the groundwater sessions (http://www.34igc.org/).
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2006
Details
In 2006 received the Neville Stevens Award from the Queensland Branch GSA for service to the geological community and government

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Defining and Promoting Soil Health for Sustainable Production Systems
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
UQT3
Start year
2006
Keywords
Soil Health; Sugarcane; Test Kits; Coastal Soils
Title
Environmental controls over Fe availability and transport in a forested coastal catchment
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0669786
Start year
2006
Keywords
Forest hydrology; Biogeochemistry; Water monitoring; Stable isotopes; GIS methods; Trace metals;
Title
National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training - QUT Component (NCGRT)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
2009
Keywords
Hydrology; Groundwater; Vegetation; Climate Interactions
Title
Cressbrook alluvial aquifer: hydrological processes and isotopic character
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
ALNGRA12106
Start year
2012
Keywords
C-14 And Tritium ; Queensland Catchment; Groundwater; Isotope Dating; Recharge

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