A/Prof Suzie Reichman

Research interests

Pollution impact and management

Our interdisciplinary research concentrates on the impacts and management of pollution with an emphasis on the terrestrial environment and soil contamination. Our research focuses on using ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry (especially soil chemistry) and environmental risk assessment. We include research on plants, invertebrates, vertebrates and human health, with our research spanning traditional pollutants (e.g. metals, nitrogen and hydrocarbons) as well as emerging contaminants such as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and microplastics. Our research provides evidence-based outcomes that are used by government, industry and the community to make decisions and more safely manage polluted environments.

  • Pollution
  • ecotoxicology
  • soil chemistry
  • land contamination
  • risk assessment
  • environmental chemistry
  • plant biology
  • invertebrates
  • vertebrates
  • urban
  • ecology
  • human health
  • terrestrial

Research projects

  • Effects of multistressors (light and metals) on tardigrade survival and reproduction (with A/Prof Theresa Jones)
  • Using indigenous terrestrial micro-invertebrates to assess environmental impacts of soil pollution in Antarctica (with the Australian Antarctic Division)
  • Is there evidence of arsenic pollution from historic gold mining in the macropods of Melbourne's urban fringe? (with Dr Clare Death)
  • Do heavy metals in Victorian bat guano differ with urbanisation or background levels? (with Dr Clare Death and Dr Steve Griffiths (La Trobe University)
  • Population-level effects of microplastics on marine invertebrates in Port Phillip Bay. (with Dr Allyson O'Brien)
  • Increasing our understanding of groundwater contamination on invertebrate (stygofauna) biodiversity and the effects of contamination on species distributions (with Meenakshi Arora, Faculty of Engineering)

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