Dr David Jones

Dr David Jones 

Areas of specialisation

  • Environmental geochemist with more than 35 years of experience
  • Assessment and management of water quality issues across the energy (coal and coal seam gas) and gold and base metal mining sectors
  • Held senior positions in research, industry, and government
  • Broad perspective on controversial environmental issues


  • 1976: Bachelor of Science Honours (Class 1) James Cook University, 1976 - Subject Area: Inorganic Chemistry  
  • 1982: PhD Chemistry - James Cook University Subject Area: Bio-inorganic Chemistry


  • DR Jones Environmental Excellence (January 2013 - present)
  • Director of Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist (June 2005 - November 2012)
  • Earth Water Life Sciences Pty Ltd (October 1997 - June 2005) – Manager Earth and Water Group
  • CSIRO (March 1981 - October 1997) - Senior Principal Research Scientist and Manager Water Management Group in Division of Coal and Energy Technology


  • Over 180 publications in books, consultancy reports, refereed scientific literature


  • NTG - Rum Jungle Technical working group 
  • International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP) Technical Steering Committee for GARD guide
  • Organising committees for the 2nd, 4th, and 6th to 9th (2017) Australian Workshops on Acid Mine Drainage
  • Technical committees for 2009, 2012 and 2017 International Mine Water Association Conferences
  • 2011 RACI/SETAC Ecotoxicology Conference
  • International Technical committee for the 10th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage, Santiago April 2015
  • Kakadu Research Advisory Committee (2009 - 2012)
  • Independent Scientist (2013 - 2016) on the Australian Government Department of Environment steering committee for the national risk assessment of chemicals used in extraction of coal seam gas