• The University of Western Australia (M082), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 409 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
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Personal profile


I'm a generalist hydrologist. With a background in Environmental Engineering my research focuses on quantifying dynamical interactions in environmental systems with a large focus on hydrological processes and solute trasport. My research spans geomorphology, landscape evolution, pesticide and nutrient leaching to rivers, human settlement of river basins, and self-organisation of eco-hydrological systems.

Education/Academic qualification

Hydrology/Soil Physics, PhD, The University of Western Australia


Environmental Engineering, Bachelor (Honours), The University of Western Australia

External positions

Research Scientist, WA Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions DBCA

7 Jan 2019 → …


  • Environmental
  • Government
  • Mining and Resources
  • Hydrology
  • Eco-hydrology
  • Pesticides
  • Water Quality
  • Geomorphology
  • Stochastic processes

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Research Output 2006 2019

  • 409 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 23 Article
  • 5 Conference paper
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
1 Citation (Scopus)

Bacillus subtilis and surfactant amendments for the breakdown of soil water repellency in a sandy soil

Lowe, M. A., Mathes, F., Loke, M. H., McGrath, G., Murphy, D. V. & Leopold, M., 15 Jun 2019, In : Geoderma. 344, p. 108-118 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bacillus subtilis
sandy soil
sandy soils

Real-time forecasting of pesticide concentrations in soil

McGrath, G., Rao, P. S. C., Mellander, P. E., Kennedy, I., Rose, M. & van Zwieten, L., 1 May 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 663, p. 709-717 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Water quality

Spatial controls on the distribution and dynamics of a marginal snowpack in the Australian Alps

Bilish, S. P., Callow, J. N., McGrath, G. S. & McGowan, H. A., 15 Jun 2019, In : Hydrological Processes. 33, 12, p. 1739-1755 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

snow water equivalent

Co-authorship analysis of the speleothem proxy-climate community: working together to tackle the big problems

Campbell, M., Callow, J. N., McGrath, G. & McGowan, H., 1 May 2018, In : International Journal of Speleology. 47, 2, p. 165-172 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
network analysis
social network
2 Citations (Scopus)

Globally Universal Fractal Pattern of Human Settlements in River Networks

Fang, Y., Ceola, S., Paik, K., McGrath, G., Rao, P. S. C., Montanari, A. & Jawitz, J. W., 1 Aug 2018, In : Earth's Future. 6, 8, p. 1134-1145 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
human settlement
anthropogenic effect
power law
natural resource


A parsimonius model of the stochasticity of combined sewer overflows reveals contributions of network structure and rainfall variability

McGrath, G. (Creator), Kaesberg, T. (Creator), David Reyes Silva, J. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 5 Oct 2018



Projects 2012 2020