Dirk Mallants is a Geo-Environmental Engineer from the Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. In 1996. he obtained a Ph.D. degree in soil physics also from the Catholic University of Leuven. Part of his Ph.D. research on water flow and contaminant transport in a heterogeneous soil profile was accomplished at the United States Salinity Laboratory in Riverside California. He was previously Project Leader for Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal and Environmental Studies and Head of the Performance Assessments Unit at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. He joined CSIRO Land and Water as Research Program Leader for the Groundwater Hydrology Program in November 2011. He has more than twenty years of experience in characterizing and modeling water flow and contaminant transport in complex environments such as variably saturated soils, aquifers, and low-permeable porous media such as clays. His work includes parameterization of pore-scale and field-scale spatial variability in flow and transport properties, modeling processes of water flow and contaminant transport across a range of scales, and the evaluation by means of process-based models of management options for water-related environmental pollution problems. He has been recipient of a long-term fellowship from the Japan Society for Promotion of science and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Flemish Science Foundation. Further, he is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London. His professional memberships include the Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, American Geophysical Union, International Association of Hydrogeologists, and the British Hydrological Society. He has authored and coauthored over 300 titles, including peer-reviewed journal papers, conference papers, and client reports. He is Senior Associate Editor for Agronomy Journal (American Society of Agronomy), Member of the Editorial Board of ISRN Soil Science journal, and Past Associate Editor of Journal of Environmental Quality.
Biography Updated on 13 December 2011