Acid sulphate soils Geochemistry Geology Groundwater Hydrogeophysics Mineralogy

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Research Scientist, Hydrogeology, Biodiversity and Conservation Science


  • Hydrogeological conceptual modelling - understanding how, where and when water moves
  • Quantitative geomorphology and 3D modelling - hydrology threat and risk assessments
  • Hydrogeophysical and hydrochemistry investigation design and interpretation - groundwater and soil water (Ecohydrologial Critical Zone) characterisation

Brief CV

Academic Qualifications

B.Sc Hons. (Applied Geology), Curtin University, 1998. (nee Sutton) Thesis title: The mineralogical and petrophysical properties of the regolith, Broomehill, southwestern Australia.

Ph.D. (Hydrogeology), University of Western Australia, 2006. Thesis title: The role of geology, geomorphology, climate and vegetation in controlling spatial and temporal changes in groundwater discharge from weathered crystalline basement aquifers in southwestern Australia.


2012 - Present: Senior Hydrogeologist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA

2010 - 2012: Regional Hydrogeologist (South Coast & Collie Basin), Department of Water WA (now DWER)

2008 - 2010: Senior Geoscientist (geophysics), Sandfire Resources NL

2007 - 2008: Senior Geochemist, URS Australia

2005 - 2007: Senior Hydrogeologist, MWH Australia Pty. Ltd

2000 - 2005: PhD student, University of Western Australia / CSIRO

1998 - 2000: Hydrogeologist, Water and Rivers Commission WA (now DWER)

1996-1998: Geoscientist (geophysical interpretation), World Geoscience Corporation WA


  • Resilience of the Muir-Byenup peat wetlands to climate change and acidification
  • Palaeohydrological controls on the condition and ecohydrology of ephemeral Wheatbelt wetlands (Toolibin Lake)
  • Hydrological conceptualisation of the Walyarta mound springs (Kimberley)
  • Hydrogeochemistry of alluvial fan sediments within the Guildford Formation (clay facies) and their role in sustaining clay-pan TECs (Brixton Street Wetlands)

Publications (13)

Additional Publications (13)
“In press” and draft publications, or those published while employed elsewhere.


Rutherford. J. 2013. Integrating borehole NMR and temporal EM data – developing a new conceptual hydrogeological model to manage Toolibin Lake SW Australia. In Proc, Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems. Society of Exploration Geophysicists 2013: pp. 701-701


Rutherford J.L., Vogwill R. and Cahill, K. 2012. Developing a tool kit to maximise success in managing environmental assets degraded through altered hydrology. In Proc, Society for Ecological Restoration Australia (SERA) 28-30 November 2012, Perth Western Australia, p87.


Rutherford, J. 2007. Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority Urban Salinity Assessment Reports – Series of 12 reports: Adelong, Cootamundra, Griffith, Henty Junee, Leeton, Narrandera, Queanbeyan, Tarcutta, Tumut, Wagga-Wagga and Yass. MWH Australia.

Rutherford. J. 2007. Nifty Baseline Hydrochemistry Study. Confidential report to Birla Nifty Pty. Ltd. URS Australia Pty. Ltd.


Munday, T.J., Rutherford, J.L., Sattel, D. and Fitzpatrick A. 2006. Modelling the subsurface distribution of salt in dryland catchments of southwestern Australia using AEM data — A comparison of EM interpretation techniques.Proceedings of the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, Seattle, Washington, April 2006, 6pp.


Rutherford J.L. and Munday, T.J. 2005. Airborne EM for mapping salinity in southwestern Australia – what do we really resolve and is it of value? In Proc. International Salinity Forum – Managing saline soils and water: science, technology and social issues. 25-27th April 2005, Riverside California, USA.

Rutherford, J., Roy, V. and Johnson, S.L. 2005. The Hydrogeology of Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems in the Northern Perth Basin, Department of Environment, Hydrogeological Record Series, HG11.


Rutherford, J.L. and Salama, R.B., 2004, Controls on the salinization of the Collie Catchment, southwestern Australia. XXXIII IAH Congress: Groundwater flow understanding, Zacatecas, Mexico, 11-15 October 2004

Rutherford, J.L. and Salama, R.B., 2004. The role of landform, climate and vegetation in controlling groundwater and salt fluxes in the Colie Catchment, southwestern Australia. In Proc, 1st National Salinity Engineering Conference 9-12 November 2004, Perth Western Australia, p478-483.


Salama, R., Ali, R., Pollock, D., Rutherford J.L. and Baker V. 2003. Review of relief wells and siphons to reduce groundwater pressures and water levels in discharge areas to manage salinity: Report to Water and Rivers Commission, Western Australia, CSIRO Land and Water



Rutherford, J., Munday, T., Meyers, J., and Cooper, M. 2001. Relationship between regolith materials, petrophysical properties, hydrologeology and mineralisation at the Cawse Ni laterite deposits, Western Australia: Implications for exploring with airborne EM. Exploration Geophysics 32 (4): 160-170.


De Silva, J., Smith R.A., Rutherford, J.L. and Ye, L. 2000. Hydrogeology of the Blackwood River Catchment, Western Australia, Water and Rivers Commission, Hydrogeological Record Series, Report HG 6. 58p.

Rutherford. J.L. 2000. Hydrogeology of the Collie 1:250 000 Sheet: Water and Rivers Commission, Science and Evaluation Division, Hydrogeological map explanatory notes Series; report HM 7