Professor Gary Jones
Chief Executive, eWater
Professor Gary Jones is the Chief Executive of eWater. Professor Jones is also Chairman of the International Riverfoundation (IRF), a charitable organisation dedicated to the restoration and protection of the world’s rivers. The IRF awards annually the Thiess International Riverprize, the most valuable water award in the world.
Previously he was a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Australia where he was recognised internationally as an expert on the science and management of toxic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). He has worked and advised extensively on the ecology and control of cyanobacteria in rivers and reservoirs around the world. Professor Jones was formerly a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT in Boston USA. He is an author of over 100 scientific publications on topics including heavy metal impacts on phytoplankton, the chemistry and ecology of toxic cyanobacteria, and environmental flows.
Professor Jones has extensive experience in real-world environment and water management. During 2003-4, he chaired the Living Murray Scientific Reference Panel for the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, which supported the provision of 500 gigalitres of environmental water to the River Murray system, the largest single environmental water decision in Australia’s history. He remains a trusted advisor to Commonwealth and State governments across Australia on matters related to water science and the environment.
Professor Jones is also an experienced media commentator on issues relating to the management of Australian inland waterways. His regular blog on Australia’s water scene can be found at: www.insidewater.ewater.com.au