Justin Costelloe: a champion of arid-zone water research

  • Andrew W. WesternEmail author
  • Vjekoslav Matic
  • Murray C. Peel
Profile of Eminent Hydrogeologist


Justin Francis Costelloe (Fig.  1) was born in 1965. He grew up in the mining city of Bendigo (Victoria, Australia) before studying Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He went on to work as an exploration geologist in the mining industry in the dryland regions of Australia and Chile. He developed a love of Australia’s desert landscapes and returned to undertake Masters and PhD studies on arid zone hydrology at the University of Melbourne, before continuing as a research fellow and senior research fellow leading arid zone research projects. Justin was a leader in research aimed at understanding surface water and groundwater in Australia’s arid zone and also made important interdisciplinary contributions linking the hydrology and ecology of the arid zone, with a focus on Australia’s iconic Channel Country and the Great Artesian Basin (GAB). Drawing on his research and intimate field knowledge, he provided advice to government on management of the Lake Eyre Basin...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew W. Western
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vjekoslav Matic
    • 1
  • Murray C. Peel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Infrastructure EngineeringThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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