Dr Rob Vertessy

.Dr Rob Vertessy
Deputy Director (Water)
Bureau of Meteorology

Rob received his Honours degree from Monash University in 1984 and Doctorate from the Australian National University in 1990. He was trained in fluvial geomorphology and physical hydrology and his research has been both field- and modelling-intensive.

Rob joined CSIRO Land and Water (Canberra) as a researcher in 1987 and became a specialist in the field of forest hydrology and catchment modelling. From 1992, Rob was a lead researcher in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Catchment Hydrology for over a decade where he supervised several Masters and Doctorate students in forest hydrology. He was appointed Deputy Director of that CRC in 1996 and Director in 2002.

Between 2004 and 2007, Rob was Chief of CSIRO Land and Water, Australia’s premier land and water R&D enterprise, with over 550 staff located in ten locations across Australia. In late 2006, Rob was seconded to the Office of Water Resources in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, to advise the Australian government on a national water information strategy.

In May 2007, Rob joined the Australian Bureau of Meteorology as Deputy Director (Water) and is responsible for establishing a new Water Information Division, arising out of the Australian Government’s national water plan.

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