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Dr Carlos Miguel Miraldo Ordens Castelo Branco
  • Research Associate
  • Engineering Science Faculty Office
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Dr Carlos Miraldo Ordens is a Senior Teaching Fellow in water resources management at UCL Australia. Carlos completed a PhD in Hydrogeology (2014) at Flinders University, as part of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT). Following that, Carlos completed a Graduate Certificate in Project Management (2015) at the Queensland University of Technology. Prior to that, Carlos obtained a BSc in Geology (2003) and an MSc in Environmental Geology (2008) from the University of Coimbra (Portugal).

Carlos is a Rugby Union referee and a yoga practitioner. Carlos lives in Christie Walk, which was the first urban eco-village in Australia.

Research Summary

Carlos groundwater-related research interests include recharge, management, climate-change impacts, contamination and effects of contamination on human health. Carlos in currently working in projects on socio-hydrogeology, which includes the social dimension in hydrogeological investigations and groundwater management.

Carlos has worked in several research projects in South Australia on hydrogeology and groundwater resources management. These projects included partners such as Flinders University, SA Water, DEWNR (SA Government), CSIRO and SARDI. Previously, he has worked in Portugal in projects on groundwater contamination, aquifer characterisation, and evaluation of socio-economic impacts of measures to improve water quality. This included working for the European Union-funded BRIDGE project, which aimed at defining a common methodology for the establishment of threshold values in groundwater pollutants as part of the negotiation of the Groundwater Directive.

Carlos is also conducting research in project management. He’s developing a tool to apply project-management principles to students’ research projects.

Teaching Summary

Senior lecturer in Water Resources Management (MSc Energy and Resources Management)

Coordinator of MSC research projects

Guest Lecturer in Hydrogeology for Engineering Hydrology (University of Adelaide – Bachelor/Master of Engineering (Civil & Structural))

Supervision in water resources management and project management:

PhD – 1 ongoing project (co-supervisor)

MSc – 2 completed projects , 4 ongoing projects 

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