Dr. Jeff Taylor

Ph.D, CEnvP

Executive Director

Senior Principal Environmental Geochemist


Dr. Taylor is one of the founding Directors of Earth Systems.  He has more than 25 years experience as an environmental and earth scientist and has managed and directed a broad variety of multi-disciplinary environmental projects, both in Australia and overseas.  He has specialist knowledge in the field of water quality, environmental geochemistry, AMD Management and contaminated site remediation.


Education and Affiliations

Bachelor of Science Honours; Class I (Earth Sciences) -MonashUniversity, 1979.

Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)Monash University, 1989.

Member of the Environment Institute of Australia.


Countries of Work Experience

Australia, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, South Africa, Peru, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea.


Professional History

  • 1993  to  Present: Principal Environmental Scientist & Director, Earth Systems Pty. Ltd.
  • 1990  to  1993: Director – Geoscience Consultant, Petrogenesis Pty. Ltd.
  • 1989: Postdoctoral Research


Fields of Special Competence

Project management.  Environmental geoscience and geochemistry; prediction, prevention and control of water pollution / AMD.  Design of water treatment systems.  Devising and developing innovative site remediation technologies; water and water quality management; waste management and minimisation, materials characterisation; analytical chemistry and geochemistry; design, implementation and management of geochemical and geophysical surveys; geochemical modelling.


Representative Experience

Dr. Taylor’s recent roles and projects include:

  •  Project Director and specialist technical adviser for environmental assessment and rehabilitation projects at numerous operating and defunct mine sites. Water, rehabilitation, closure and waste management issues comprised a significant component of these projects.  Sites are in Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, Tanzania, Mali, Senegal, Laos, Peru, Solomon Islands, USA, New Zealand, Thailand, China and Papua New Guinea.
  • Project Manager for a range of water quality, natural resource and waste management projects for clients including Victorian Department of Primary Industries, Victorian EPA, various power generators in Victoria, Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Mineral Resources Tasmania, NSW Department of Mineral Resources, Queensland Department of Minerals and Energy, Office of the Supervising Scientist, Gippsland Water, WA Water Corporation, Primary Industries – South Australia, SA Water, SA Department of Environment and Heritage and Environment Australia.
  • Principal designer and developer of the Neutra-Mill Technology and HALT family of low-cost water treatment systems, and AcidBLOCK technology for AMD Management.
  • Joint developer with ANSTO of a technology to prevent water pollution from underground mines.  Project received federal government National Heritage Trust Funding under the Tasmanian RiverWorks Scheme.

Selected Publications

  • Taylor, J. R., Stimpfl, M., McLeary, M and Grindley, P., 2009.  Alkalinity Generating Cover Materials for Sustainably Lowering Acidity Loads from Waste Rock Piles – Field Demonstration.  Securing the Future and 8th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage (ICARD), June 22-26, 2009,Skelleftea,Sweden.
  • Taylor, J. R. (Senior Author), 2007.  Managing Acid and Metalliferous Drainage.  Leading Practice Sustainable Development Handbook from the Australian Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources.
  • Taylor, J. R., Pape, S. and Murphy, N. C., 2005,  A summary of passive and active treatment technologies for Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD).  Proceedings of the 5th Australian Workshop on Acid Drainage,Freemantle,Western Australia.
  • Hart, B. T., Roberts, S., James, R., O’Donohue, M., Taylor, J., Donnert D. and Furrer, R.,  2003.  Active barriers to reduce phosphorous release from sediments: Effectiveness of three forms of CaCO3.  Aust. J. Chem. V56, 207-217.
  • Waring C. L. and Taylor J. R., 1999,  A new passive technique proposed for the prevention of acid drainage: GaRDS.  Proceedings of the Minerals Council ofAustralia Environmental Workshop,Townsville,Australia, October, 1999.
  • Taylor, J. R., Weaver, T. R., McPhail, D. C. “Bear” and Murphy, N. C., 1996.  Characterisation and impact assessment of mine tailings in the King River system and delta, Western Tasmania.  ERISS publication,Darwin,Australia.






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