Land and Water

By April 14th, 2016

In 2014, in a major restructuring of CSIRO, the term Division was replaced by the term Flagship for the organization’s operating units and the title Chief replaced by the title Director. The Land and Water flagship was formed by the merger of the bulk of Division of Land and Water (282 staff), the bulk of the Division of Ecosystem Sciences (268 staff) and 20 staff from the Division of Earth Science and Resource Engineering. In 2015 the term Flagship was dropped by the Organization.

The divisional changes associated with the history of these divisions is summarized in the figure below with further details at the following links:

Land and Water (1997-14)
Ecosystems Sciences (2011-14)
Earth Science and Resource Engineering (2009-14)

History of Land and Water

Land & Water Flagship origins

Chief of Division/Officer-in-Charge/Director

Division/Business Unit Chief/Director
Land and Water (1997-2014) Graham Harris (1997-2000)
John Williams (2000-02)
Robert Alexander Vertessy (2003-07)
Neil James McKenzie (2007-14)
Ecosystem Sciences (2011-14) William Mark Lonsdale (2011-14)
Earth Science & Resource Engineering (2009-14) Micheal Otis McWilliams (2009-14)
Land and Water (2014-) Paul Hardisty (2014-)


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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

• CSIRO Annual Reports

• CSIRO Communications