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

    6009 Perth


  • 435 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

  • 435 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 26 Article
  • 5 Conference paper
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
2 Citations (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
1 Citation (Scopus)

Emergent self-similarity and scaling properties of fractal intra-urban heat islets for diverse global cities

Shreevastava, A., Rao, P. S. C. & McGrath, G. S., 27 Sep 2019, In : Physical Review E. 100, 3, 032142.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Network Topology and Rainfall Controls on the Variability of Combined Sewer Overflows and Loads

McGrath, G., Kaeseberg, T., Reyes Silva, J. D., Jawitz, J. W., Blumensaat, F., Borchardt, D., Mellander, P. E., Paik, K., Krebs, P. & Rao, P. S. C., 14 Oct 2019, In : Water Resources Research. 55, 11, p. 9578-9591 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

sewer network

Paradoxical impact of sprawling intra-Urban Heat Islets: Reducing mean surface temperatures while enhancing local extremes

Shreevastava, A., Bhalachandran, S., McGrath, G. S., Huber, M. & Rao, P. S. C., 1 Dec 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 19681.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hot Temperature
Extreme Heat

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


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