As both a researcher and scientist working on commercial groundwater projects, Dr Jia brings both field and academic experience to her new role, as she acclimatises to AGE and a new life in Australia with her husband and two children. With a keen interest in groundwater evaluation, numerical modelling, GIS, data analysis and programming, and as a former member of the Council for Geoscience in South Africa, her skills complement and bolster the strength of our multidisciplinary team.
Relocating to Australia via China and South Africa, Haili completed her PhD in Hydrogeology at the University of the Western Cape in 2007 and has accumulated over fourteen years of experience, including recharge estimation on the Table Mountain aquifer. Her involvement in long-term mine water management programs in the Witwatersrand Gold Basin, and responsibility for numerical modelling of the flooded basins there saw her successfully respond to complicated hydrogeological conditions. Dr Jia is keen to face some Australian challenges and bring that prior knowledge and experience to assist AGE clients in her new role.
With government legislation ensuring environmental sustainability is at the forefront of industry thinking, and robust groundwater investigations critical in determining project outcomes, the skills of Dr Jia and the AGE team will undoubtedly be in high demand.
Transitioning with her family to a new country and a new work environment has been challenging, but Haili has found the AGE team to be incredibly supportive and she cannot commend the collaborative work environment highly enough. Having previously been expected to work in isolation on some projects, she finds sharing collective knowledge and ideas with her AGE colleagues invigorating.
The team at AGE is thrilled to be working with and learning from Dr Jia’s diverse experience.
Dr Haili Jia’s husband Dr Lixiang Lin is also a highly experienced hydrogeologist. Some of their research papers and publications can be accessed via the links below: