Charles is an Honorary Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer in hydrogeology, Melbourne Uni. He gained a doctorate in 1972 at Melbourne Uni. Charles initially worked for the Groundwater Section of the Victorian Geological Survey, and for a decade spanning the 1970’s and 1980’s was head of the Groundwater Section. He was the inaugural vice-president of the Australian Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH). His international experience spans Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Charles headed the United Nations Low-Latitude Desert Project, was the Technical Director of UNDP project of the Norte Grande of Chile. Charles is a millennium member of IAH, and a member of the Geological Society of Australia and the Royal Society of Victoria. Dr Lawrence’s special interests are groundwater education, resource evaluation and management, groundwater contamination and control of salinity in the Murray Basin.

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