Mr Mark Peterson

Phone - +61 2 9717 3680
Mark Peterson


Role at ANSTO

Mark is involved in investigating the diffusion of radionuclides into fractured rocks, groundwater age interpretation, prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) and various isotopic analyses of groundwater.


These techniques are valuable for understanding the connection pathways and flow rates between surface water and groundwater. The results contribute to quantifying water resources, contaminant transport pathways and mining subsidence impacts on water supply and the environment.



Discrete interval zone-of-interest borehole sampling, prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA), borehole logging, isotopes in groundwater.


Qualifications & Achievements


  • BSc (Hons) Advanced in Geochemistry, University of Wollongong (1999)
  • Grad Dip Ed, University of Wollongong (2001)
  • Technical consultant (custom-built abrasives, quarry product) 1995-2006
  • Environmental education and Sustainable Schools Support Teacher, NSW DET 2002-2005
  • District electrical mechanic, high-voltage protection technican, electrical installation inspector 1981-1995

Selected publications

Peterson, M.A., Waring, C. L. & Mitry, W.H. "Discrete interval sampling and pressure measurements in uncased boreholes using a zone-of-interest groundwater sampler (ZOIGS)." In W.A. Milne-Home (ed.), Groundwater in the Sydney Basin Symposium, pp. 266-276. International Association of Hydrogeologists, NSW Branch, Sydney (2009).

Golab, A.N., Peterson, M.A. & Indraratna, B. "Selection of permeable reactive barrier materials for treating acidic groundwater in acid sulphate soil terrains based on laboratory column tests." Environmental Earth Sciences. Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg. (2009).

Waring, C.L., Stepanyants, Y.A., Hankin, S.I., Airey, P.L. & Peterson, M.A. " Measurement of hydraulic conductivity, porosity and lithology by neutron activation borehole logging at high spatial resolution increments." In W.A. Milne-Home (ed.), Groundwater in the Sydney Basin Symposium, pp. 374-386. International Association of Hydrogeologists, NSW Branch, Sydney (2009).

Waring, C., Lee, G., Cendon, D., Hankin. S. & Peterson, M. A. "An overview of groundwater - surface water interactions. "In R. J. Morrison, M. R. O'Donnell & S. Quin (eds.), Water quality in the Illawarra - South Coast region of New South Wales, pp. 117-127. GeoQuEST Research Centre, University of Wollongong, University of Wollongong (2007).

Waring, C. L. & Peterson, M. A. "Mine subsidence induced hydraulic connection tested by geochemical and geophysical tracing techniques." Mine subsidence: A community issue. Proceediings of the 7th triennial conference on mine subsidence., pp.263-268. Mine Subsidence Technology Society, University of Wollongong (2007).