Pollution impact and management
Our interdisciplinary research concentrates on the impacts and management of pollution in terrestrial ecosystems and soil. Our research focuses on using ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry (especially soil chemistry) and environmental risk assessment. We include research on plants, invertebrates, and human health, with our research spanning traditional pollutants (e.g. metals 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.
- soil chemistry
- land contamination
- risk assessment
- environmental chemistry
- plant biology
- human health
- Effects of multistressors (light and metals) on tardigrade survival and reproduction (with A/Prof Theresa Jones)
- Increasing our understanding of groundwater contamination on invertebrate (stygofauna) biodiversity and the effects of contamination on species distributions (with Meenakshi Arora, Faculty of Engineering)
- Urban habitat use by Australian native earthworms
- PFAS: Understanding soil to plant transfer factors and risks for fruit and vegetable consumption This project is in collaboration with EPA Victoria and would suit a student who has an interest in data analysis and working with R and who wants to do applied research that will have direct impacts on government policy.