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Dr Lucy Reading
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science,
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Discipline *
Environmental Science and Management, Soil Sciences, Geology
+61 7 3138 1649
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Applied Science (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

groundwater, recharge, soil chemistry, soil hydraulic properties, modelling

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


Research Discipline: Environmental Systems
Areas of expertise

  • Groundwater recharge estimation
  • Groundwater modelling
  • Coal mining and coal seam gas impacts on groundwater
  • Chemistry-dependant soil hydraulic properties
  • Reactive solute transport modelling
This information has been contributed by Dr Lucy Reading.


Teaching discipline: Environmental Systems   Teaching areas

  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Groundwater management


Mandana Shaygan (PhD, The University of Queensland), completed May 2016 “Evaluating the leaching of salt affected soils for the purpose of reclamation and revegetation”;

Warren Finch (Masters, The University of Queensland), completed July 2017 “Groundwater Recharge in the Surat Basin”;

Atika Januarisya (Masters, Queensland University of Technology), completed Sept 2016; “Sodium Impacts of Three Queensland Soils under CSG Water Irrigation”;

Bruce Napier (Masters, Queensland University of Technology), completed January 2017 “An Integrated Hydrological and Hydrochemical Study of Surface and Groundwaters in the Bungawalbin Creek Catchment, Northeast NSW, Australia”;

Jim Yaxley (PhD, QUT), commenced April 2016 “Groundwater Nitrate Attenuation in a Wet Tropical Catchment”;

Rezaul Karim (PhD, QUT), commenced May 2017 “Investigation of Nutrient and Pesticide Loss to the Groundwater in the Wet Tropics “;

Jim Stanley (Masters, QUT), commenced July 2017 “Groundwater Chemistry and Microbiology in a Wet-Tropics Sugarcane Catchment, Northern Queensland”;

Lisa Gurieff (PhD, QUT), commenced December 2017 “An Integrated Approach to Characterising the Groundwater Flow and Water Footprint at Tamborine Mountain”;

Laura Bellis (PhD, QUT), commenced July 2019 “Quantifying Evapotranspiration from Terrestrial Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems”;

Sabrina Catania (Masters, QUT), commenced April 2020 “Hydrogeochemical evolution and quality assessment of groundwater within a basalt aquifer system, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland”

This information has been contributed by Dr Lucy Reading.


Dr Lucy Reading is a groundwater scientist who has a background in chemistry. She has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) at QUT and a PhD in the School of Environmental Engineering at The University of Queensland. A key theme of her PhD research was the interactions between chemical and hydraulic properties of sediments. Lucy’s experience includes groundwater and unsaturated zone modeling; soil and water chemistry; and environmental regulation of the coal seam gas industry. Her employment history includes laboratory, government and research roles. In 2013 and 2014, Lucy was applying her expertise in geochemical interpretation and numerical modelling to a number of research projects funded by the Centre for Coal Seam Gas at the University of Queensland. She moved to QUT in 2015 and is currently working on research projects related to groundwater management in urban areas and transport of solutes from groundwater to surface water.

This information has been contributed by Dr Lucy Reading.


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