Gary Jones

Professor Gary Jones
Executive Director, eWater
CEO, Australian Water Partnership

Adjunct Professor, University of Canberra
Visiting Professorial Fellow, University of New South Wales

Education  PhD BSc(Hons) GAICD

Gary Jones is Executive Director of eWater and Chief Executive of the Australian Water Partnership. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the University of Canberra, Institute of Applied Ecology.   From 2011-2013, he was also Chairman of the International Riverfoundation, a charitable organisation dedicated to the restoration and protection of the world’s rivers.

Gary, who holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and a BSc (Hons) degree from Monash University, was CEO of eWater Cooperative Research Centre (2005-2012) and CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology (2002-2005).  Prior to this 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 Fellow ( Postdoctoral) 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.  His publication list can be found on Google Scholar. 

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 blog on Australia’s water scene can be found at:

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