Hydrology and water resource management, particularly at larger spatial scales (regional, catchment) 

A changing water cycle in an agricultural and coal seam gas basin

  • Groundwater recharge and basin-scale groundwater use/extraction
  • Remote sensing applications in hydrology (rainfall, floodplain flood dynamics)
  • Systematic approaches for catchment management and restoration
  • Hydraulic influence on sediment dynamics

Nena is a civil engineering and also has a background in freshwater ecosystem management. Nena completed a BSc (Engineering) with an honours year focussing on hydrology, hydraulics and sediment dynamics. The key focus of Nena's MSc was developing optimisation-based methods to guide river basin restoration. Nena joined CWiMI in 2014 to work on a number of hydrogeology and water resource management projects, located both in Australia and abroad. Previous research work has investigated hydrology and ecosystem dynamics of semi-arid floodplain environments. Nena also has consultancy experience in civil engineering design.

Nena started her PhD with CWiMI in late 2016. Her project investigates precipitation variability and change in the data-scarce high Andes, utilising a combination of rain gauge data and remote sensing products. The project will develop new, high-altitude precipitation datasets that will have application in climate studies, water resource and natural hazard management. This work will be relevant to both high altitude mine sites and the broader region.


As a part of her PhD, Nevenka is engaging with a number of major mining companies operating across Chile and Peru, including Codelco, Anglo American, Glencore and Newmont.


Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Civil)(Honours) - Cum Laude, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Master of Science, University of New England, Australia


European Geophysical Union
International Association of Hydrogeologists - Australia


Professor Neil McIntyre