Neil graduated from James Cook Uni in 1986, with a BSc in Geology and Hydrology, and completed a PhD in Catchment Hydrology at the Uni of WA in 1993. He recently completed an executive MBA (2008) through the Melbourne Business School, Uni of Melbourne. For the last 10 years he has been a Senior Research Scientist with the Dept of Agriculture and Food WA. Professor Coles has over twenty years of research, teaching and practical experience in the agricultural, water resources and mining industry in the UK, Queensland and Western Australia. He was elected as Chairman of the State Hydrology and Water Resources Panel for 2009, and is a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Purity of Water and serves on a number of other government panels and industry advisory boards. Dr Neil Coles was recently appointed as the Project Director of the Centre of Excellence for Eco-hydrology, Uni of WA and is now focused on the initiation and development of new projects and research links at the Centre.

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