Professor Linda Blackall elected to the Australian Academy of Science

Environmental microbiologist, Professor Linda Blackall, has been recognised by the Australian Academy of Science for pioneering work that revealed microbes and their functions in natural and engineered systems.

Linda Blackall

Professor Blackall joins 23 other newly-elected scientists to the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), of whom 42% are women. AAS Fellows represent some of Australia’s most outstanding scientists, and are elected by their peers for their scientific achievement, national and international profile, as well as leadership and mentorship capabilities.

Professor Blackall is the Director of the Environmental Microbiology Research Centre in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. She discovered microbial contributions to practical aspects of water, wastewater and solid-waste treatment, leading to improvements in treatment and energy savings. Her work with host associated microbes has explained animal conditions, including equine and ruminant gut upsets, and she has investigated microbes involved in coral larval settlement and bleaching

“Every person and every industry generates wastewater,” says Professor Blackall.

“Energy and cost savings in the biotechnology of wastewater treatment can be passed on to the waste generators by way of reduced treatment costs. Environmentally, energy savings currently reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will contribute to mitigation of climate change.”