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Dr Dennis Gee has announced his retirement effective 7th October 2005.

Dr Steve Rogers has been appointed as his successor to commence on 10 October. He will be seconded to CSIRO Exploration and Mining for the three year term and he will be based at LEME HO in Perth.

Steve is presently LEME Program Leader for Environmental Applications of Regolith Science . He is Principle Research Scientist with CSIRO Land & Water, at the Waite Institute Adelaide, where he is also Stream Leader of Advanced Analytical Biogeochemistry.

Steve obtained his Masters in Environmental Technology at Imperial College , London , and his Ph.D in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Kent . Steve joined the CRC for Soil and Land Management in 1992 as a postdoctoral fellow and CSIRO Land & Water in 1997. He joined LEME 2 in 2001, and became Program Leader in 2004. Steve has a background in research management and leadership, having served as Executive Assistant to the Chief of CSIRO Land and Water.

His research interests lie in the areas of biogeochemistry, microbial biotransformations in the cycling of nutrients, transport of sulfide minerals in landscapes, and relationships between soil chemistry and bioavailability of inorganic elements. He pioneered the application of bacterial molecular gene expressions to the study of environmental biogeochemical function.

His current LEME research involves acid-sulphate soil mechanisms in the Murray floodplain, and element mobility in acidic drainages in the WA wheatbelt. Steve has built up the business base in Program 3 by establishing strong relationships with several state NRM agencies. Recently he has also been successful in fostering cross-program linkages with projects within LEME, and establishing cooperative projects with mineral explorers.

With the growing involvement of biota in our research into regolith processes, Steve's knowledge will play a significant part in the scientific advancement and delivery of many of our projects.

In welcoming Steve, Board Chair Mr George Savell said: "With Steve's enthusiasm we look forward to building on the research momentum we have generated in recent years, and bringing LEME to a successful and productive conclusion in June 2008".



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