Research Management Group
- Associate Professor Vincent Pettigrove
Associate Professor Vincent Pettigrove
I am the Chief Executive Officer at CAPIM and have over 30 years experience in assessing freshwater aquatic ecosystems and understanding the impact of pollution on these systems. I have designed and conducted a broad range of research and monitoring programs that help catchment management authorities, water authorities and environmental regulators understand what are the priority issues impacting aquatic ecosystems. I have produced over 70 published journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers.
My research interests include freshwater sediment toxicity, exotic fish management, pesticide pollution, endocrine disrupting chemicals, macroinvertebrates and the use of fish and other biota as indicators of sediment pollution.
- Professor Ary Hoffmann
Professor Ary Hoffmann
Environmental Stress Adaptation and Biomarkers Research
The Hoffmann Laboratory, University of Melbourne, Bio 21 Institute, Parkville, Vic 3052
My involvement with CAPIM involves leading a team of researchers in the field of Biomarkers. The group develops methods for the early and unambiguous detection and monitoring of environmental stress. We focus on pollution stress as well as climatic stresses arising from climate change. We use insects and other invertebrates. Our group combines pure research with applied efforts aimed at solving environmental and pest problems at a very practical level. Our CAPIM program will create innovative ways of using genes, proteins and insects to monitor pollution and other stresses, and we are more broadly developing new markers to assess the ability of organisms to cope with stressful conditions, and new applied monitoring techniques within a landscape context.
- Professor Michael Keough
Professor Michael Keough
My research involves assessing combined effects of coastal stressors, particularly nutrients and toxicants, I Design of environmental monitoring programs, and am involved in analysis of the impacts of invasive species in coastal ecosystems
- Professor Spas Kolev
Professor Spas Kolev
My research is focused on the development and study of:
- Automated on-line methods and chemical sensors for environmental monitoring of both metallic (e.g. Hg, As, Sb, Cu, Pb, Zn, Cd) and non-metallic (e.g. cyanide, phenols, ammonia) pollutants in natural waters and industrial and domestic wastewaters. The majority of these methods have been implemented in flow analysis systems (e.g. flow injection and sequential injection analysis systems) which can be converted into portable field analyzers for on-site monitoring. Highly sensitive optical chemical sensors for some of the pollutants mentioned above have been also developed and implemented in on-line analyzers.
- Batch analytical methods for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of solid (e.g. soil, sediment, biosolids, plant material) and liquid samples.
- Novel polymeric extracting materials (polymer inclusion membranes) which are suitable for clean-up of contaminated waters and for passive sampling of waters, soil and sediments.
- Dr Sara Long
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Sara Long
Senior Research Fellow
After completing my PhD I worked as an ecotoxicologist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) at Monks Wood, UK, investigating the effects of exposure patterns (acute, chronic, intermittent) of pesticides and industrial contaminants on detoxification responses in terrestrial animals. I was also involved in a European Union-funded framework 6 project assessing risk of chemicals on biodiversity. I managed a collaborative project between CEH and the University of Cambridge developing small metabolite biomarkers of pesticide exposure using novel metabolomics techniques. I returned to Australia in 2009 and have worked at the University of Melbourne/CAPIM since then. My main focus has been developing methods to measure and understand biological effects of environmental stressors in local Australian species that can be used in biomonitoring programs to assess the condition of waterways. I am currently co-supervising four PhD students.
My research interests are in understanding how environmental stressors (chemical as well as natural) are toxic to organisms. I use a range of techniques to get a better understanding of the mechanisms of toxicity such as metabolomics and enzyme assays as well as measures of fitness, such as growth, reproduction and fecundity. I am also interested in linking early warning biomarker responses in individual organisms to higher level ecological effects such as community responses.
- Professor Stephen Swearer
Professor Stephen Swearer
I completed my PhD at the University of California at Santa Barbara. I am currently Professor of marine biology and Director of the National Centre of Coasts and Climate at the University of Melbourne.
As an internationally recognized marine population ecologist, my research on larval dispersal spearheaded a paradigm shift in our understanding of how populations of marine animals are replenished and how they should be managed and protected. My current research is informing water, pollution, and climate adaptation policy by identifying the primary causes of vulnerability in coastal marine ecosystems.
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- Dr Mayumi Allinson
Dr. Mayumi Allinson
Since obtaining my PhD from the University of Adelaide, I have worked at Deakin University and the Department of Primary Industries in Victoria, where my responsibilities included sample preparation and chemical analysis utilising solid phase extraction methods, passive sampling methods, bioanalytical tools and instrumental analysis such as GC, LC, MS database etc. I joined CAPIM at the University of Melbourne in 2010. My role is to assess environmental samples by using instrumental chemical analysis and hormonal activity of natural waters and wastewaters. This assessment is carried out with rapid assessment tools, including a suite of yeast-based recombinant receptor-reporter gene bioassays and ELISA. In addition to this, I also play a lead role in developing and maintaining international collaborations with Japanese research institutes.
I specialise in investigating organic contaminants in water, sediment and biological samples. I have over 20 years’experience in instrumental and bioanalytical methods including 8 years of passive sampling experience for organic contaminants (Chemcatchers, POCIS, TRIMP). My research interests focus on identifying the pollutants that are present in the natural environment and in wastewater. This includes emerging micropollutants such as endocrine disrupting chemicals, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, flame retardants, antioxidants, industrial chemicals, and microplastics. I was recently involved in the assessment of the advanced wastewater treatment technology newly developed for recycling wastewater in Antarctica.
- Dr Ines Almeida
Dr Ines Almeida
I completed a degree in Environmental Sciences and obtained a PhD in Biotechnology with specialisation in chemistry (January 2009) from the Escola Superior de Biotecnologia – Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal.
In the past years I have worked on the development of flow analysis systems that help identify the presence ofto monitormacronutrients in environmental samples (namely. waters, soils and plants). These systems will enable the automation of the operations that precede detection, resulting in increased efficiency in the detection analytical process.
At present, I am working on the development of passive samplers with polymer inclusion membranes as well as paper-based microfluidic devices My research interests relate to analytical chemistry, in particular flow analysis, polymer inclusion membranes and passive sampling.
- Dr Kathryn Hassell
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Kathryn Hassell
Senior Research Fellow
I completed my undergraduate degree in biology and an honours project in crustacean aquaculture at RMIT University, for the award of B.App.Sci.(Hons) in 2003. I received my PhD in fish biology in 2009 from RMIT University and since joining the University of Melbourne in 2009 I have completed research exchanges at both Brunel University (London, UK) and Nagasaki University (Japan)
My research is focused on understanding the impacts of environmental pollutants on fish health and reproduction. This is done through the development of new bioassays for local native species, as well as utilisation of exotic species, through collaborations with scientists from Brunel University (UK), Nagasaki University (Japan) and CSIRO Adelaide. I utilise laboratory studies on early life stages as well as biomonitoring studies with adult fishes, and use a range of techniques, including histological analyses, molecular and protein-based biomarkers and morphological assessments. I work with freshwater and estuarine species inhabiting a range of environments, including urban streams and wetlands, sites downstream of wastewater treatment plant discharges and coastal estuaries.
- Kathryn Hassell Google Scholar
- Kathryn Hassell Swearer Research Lab (REEF)
- Kathryn Hassell Research Gate
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- Dr Katy Jeppe
Dr Katy Jeppe
I am a Research Fellow working for CAPIM in environmental monitoring, specializing in ecotoxicology and biomarkers. I completed my PhD in 2015 investigating gene expression markers in the cysteine metabolism of Chironomus tepperi under contaminant exposure, and their use as rapid makers of pollutant exposure and stress. My research is particularly interested in how stormwater and sewer outfalls alter cellular functions in aquatic organisms.
My research involves investigating cellular responses of organisms exposed to environmental stress, with a particular interest in developing rapid biomarkers of exposure. These biomarkers make up a part of multiple lines of evidence approach to monitor environmental impacts of contaminants.
- Dr Claudette Kellar
Senior Research Fellow / Freshwater Laboratory Leader
Dr Claudette Kellar
Senior Research Fellow/Macroinvertebrate Lab Manager
I completed my PhD thesis at Monash University investigating macroinvertebrate assemblages in temporary ponds in 2004. I have 15 years experience in freshwater ecology and am experienced at designing, sampling, identifying invertebrates, statistically analysing data and writing publications/reports.
I joined the freshwater group at CAPIM in 2010. I am currently the freshwater laboratory leader and manage a number of projects that investigate the effects of pollution on freshwater systems and deliver cost effective tools for waterway managers. I have co-supervised a number of masters students and am involved in several outreach programs.
My main research focus is to describe the impact of pollutants on aquatic macroinvertebrates and to combine chemistry and biology to identify causes of ecosystem stress using a multiple lines of evidence approach. Other areas of research include macroinvertebrate community structure and ecology, environmental impacts and assessment.
My current projects include:
- Urban Wetland Survey (2015-2016): a multi-disciplinary survey of pollution trends and ecological effects in approximately 100 wetlands in Melbourne.
- Melbourne Water: Enhancing Our Dandenong Creek Project (5 year program). Project Manager of the Pollution Prevention Program which aims to isolate and identify the sources of pollution entering the Upper Dandenong catchment (2013-2018).
- Goulburn Broken CMA: Mid Goulburn Project. Investigator examining effects of flow on macroinvertebrates in the Mid Goulburn (2015-2016).
- Goulburn Broken CMA: Broken Creek Project. Investigator examining factors regulating macroinvertebrates in the Lower Broken (2015-2016).
- Melbourne Water: Investigator examining effects of weir sediment releases in the Upper Maroondah Catchment.
- Western Water & SmartWater: Investigator using multiple lines of evidence to determine the primary factors effecting the aquatic health of Jacksons Creek.
- Dr Liz Morris
Dr Elizabeth Morris
I completed my PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2002 and between 2001 and 2012 worked for the Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, (now DELWP) as a research scientist in the Habitat Ecology section. During this time I was involved in a variety of projects including investigating the effects of nutrient loads in estuarine and bay systems, fish habitat suitability modelling and desktop studies relating to Marine Protected Areas, climate change and oil dispersant use protocols in Victoria. Prior to coming to Melbourne I worked as an ecologist for the National Rivers Authority in the UK (now Environment Agency). I joined the estuaries group in CAPIM in 2013.
My research interests revolve around the application of ecological research to aquatic management problems with a particular focus on soft sediment systems. My broad interests include benthic community ecology, ecotoxicology and environmental monitoring. Currently I am particularly interested in the impacts of nutrient enrichment of estuarine and coastal areas, and the development of ecotoxicological and experimental approaches to support aquatic monitoring programs.
- Dr Jackie Myers
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Jackie Myers
Senior Research Fellow
I completed my undergraduate degree in marine and freshwater science and an honours degree in aquatic ecotoxicology at Deakin University in 2002. In 2008 I was successfully awarded my PhD in aquatic toxicology/algal physiology at Monash University.
In 2009 I worked as a post-doc at RMIT University on a research project funded by the Department of Health investigating the uptake and depuration of algal toxins in seafood as part of a human health risk assessment. Prior to this I worked with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) looking at pesticide pollution in freshwater environments across Victoria and conducting standard ecotoxicity testing of effluents as part of compliance testing for water authorities. In 2006-2007 I worked at the National Institute of Environmental Studies in Japan as part of my work with DEPI.
I currently work as a research scientist with CAPIM, and my time is spent between the Victorian Marine Science Consortium, Queenscliff and CAPIM at The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus.
I have over 13 years’ experience in aquatic ecotoxicology my research being focused around marine and freshwater ecotoxicology, in particular on understanding how human-induced stressors affect micro and macro algae, aquatic plants and fish. I am interested in techniques using micro- and macro algae and aquatic plants to assess acute and chronic effects of environmental and anthropogenic stressors such as pesticides, nutrients and general water quality parameters such as salinity, light and pH. I also have an interest in harmful algal blooms, in particular factors leading to the formation of toxic blooms, algal toxins and seafood safety during toxic bloom events.
- Dr Allyson O'Brien
Dr Allyson O'Brien
I am a marine ecologist with an interest in soft sediment coastal habitats that are important for maintaining ecosystem functioning and services as well as habitat for many interesting animals.
My research includes ecotoxicology, community ecology, molecular ecology and taxonomy. Most recently I have starting using DNA metabarcoding as a tool to measure biological diversity and changes in community patterns. I am working with Dr Sara Long on an ARC Linkage project that is using both DNA metabarcoding and metabolomics to detect the effects of pollution on biological communities in estuaries.
I supervise three research higher degree students, do regular guest lectures for marine and environmental science subjects and work as an editorial assistant for the journal, Biological Conservation. I am one of the School of BioSciences representatives on the Faculty of Science Early Career Academic Network (SECAN) steering committee and a member of the School of BioSciences Early Career Researcher (BECR) committee. I am keen to develop a strong network of support and academic collaborations, particularly for women early career researchers.
- Allyson O'Brien's website
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- Allyson O'Brien on Biosciences Early Career Researchers (BECR) website
- Dr Dave Sharley
Senior Research Fellow
- Dr Bree Tillett
Dr Bree Tillett
I completed my PhD in 2013 at Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Marine Science in the field of molecular ecology. Originally from Brisbane, I completed my undergraduate and honours degrees at the University of Queensland in 2000 and 2005 respectively. I have also spent a short time working in the United Kingdom and Thailand. I have recently returned from taking parental leave. I have a strong publication ethic and believe in the value of collaborating with different interest groups to ensure the benefits of science are broadly received.
My current research interests focus on metagenomics and molecular ecology. As an environmental geneticist, I am broadly interested in tracing different genetic patterns within both urbanised environments and environments of conservation concern and understanding what factors contribute to these dynamics.
- Dr Kallie Townsend
Dr Kallie Townsend
I am an aquatic ecotoxicologist at CAPIM, where I began working in 2013 after completing my PhD at the University of Melbourne. During my PhD and work as an ecotoxicologist, I have gained experience in using macroinvertebrates to understand stress and impairment in aquatic ecosystems.
While much of my work has focussed on understanding the impacts of pollution, I am also involved in assessing the impacts of environmental flows, riparian condition and catchment land use on aquatic ecosystem health.
My research interests include understanding how stressors can impact on different levels of organisation in aquatic ecosystems, from sub-lethal effects in individual organisms to effects on populations and ecological communities. I especially enjoy working with midges (Chironomidae), and linking effects on larvae to adult survival and sex ratios. I am also interested in understanding the ecology of different invertebrates, including terrestrial and semi-aquatic species.
- Andy Longmore
Senior Research and Program Manager
Senior Research and Program Manager
I completed a master’s degree in applied science (applied chemistry) at the University of Melbourne in 1977, and joined the Victorian State Government as a marine chemist.I subsequently developed my knowledge of nutrient cycling processes and techniques. These techniques (including the development of a series of increasingly automated benthic chambers) have since been applied to study of the impacts on nutrient cycling processes of natural processes (e.g. climatic extremes), exotic species and industrial activity (paper manufacture, prawn production, water storage, waste water discharge, dredging) in most states of Australia.
I joined CAPIM in 2013. My research interests focus on: the understanding of natural and human-induced impacts on nutrient cycling processes in bays and estuaries; marine and estuarine water quality impacts; and in situ instrumental monitoring techniques.
- Gavin Rose
I have a extensive experience as a chemist, having managedthe Animal Residues Laboratory of the Chemical Residues Laboratory in Lismore, Northern NSW (1989-1997), and worked as a chemist and senior chemist at Wollongbar Environmental Laboratories, Northern NSW (1997-2001). From 2001 to 2014 I was a group leader (senior research scientist) in organic chemistry at the Department of Environment and Primary Industries in Macleod (previously State Chemistry Laboratory, Werribee) within the Latrobe University Precinct, Bundoora, Victoria. I have been a research fellow at CAPIM since November 2014
I am interested in applications of passive sampling to determine contaminants in environmental waters and sediments. My research interests also include applications of liquid chromatography and gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry for the determination of organic residues in environmental samples and food.
- Rhianna Boyle
I completed my master’s degree in zoology with CAPIM in 2012 and have stayed on to work as a research assistant for Dr. Sara Long and Dr. Kathryn Hassell. My work is primarily lab-based and consists of analysing invertebrate and fish tissue for molecular biomarkers that indicate exposure to pesticides and other stressors. I also prepare fish tissue for histological analysis. My research interests are in molecular biomarkers and the impacts of synthetic pyrethroids on chironomid development.
- Rebecca Brown
I am currently assisting with research including the sediment toxicity work in the laboratory and maintenance of the chironomid, amphipod and snail cultures for use with these tests.
- Daniel MacMahon
I obtained my BSc from La Trobe University in 2005. Following this I worked as an inorganic chemist at an environmental laboratory for a number of years; here I gained considerable experience in water and soil testing. I joined the CAPIM team in October 2009 and have since gained valuable experience working on a broad range of aquatic research and management projects.
My research interests are broad and varied. Main areas of interest include:
- Developing and testing novel passive samplers for use by CAPIM and its industry partners
- Implementing stormwater monitoring programs to source pollutions hotspots for Melbourne Water and councils
- Using chironomid deformities as indicators of aquatic pollution.
- Simon Sharp
- Professor Greg Jenkins
Senior Research Associate
Professor Greg Jenkins
Senior Research Associate
I am a Professorial Fellow in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. I spent over 20 years working at the State Government Fisheries Research labs in Queenscliff, during which I was also the recipient of an ARC QEII Fellowship. After a long association in an adjunct position, I moved to the University of Melbourne as an employee in 2012. I have been awarded a series of Australian Research Council and Fisheries Research and Development Grants over the course of my career. I have published over 90 papers in international peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous other technical and consulting reports
My research interests are in marine and estuarine ecology, in particular fish and their habitats. My research on fish ecology includes: larval ecology, behaviour and dispersal, and juvenile recruitment; juvenile and adult movement and migration-based in methods (e.g. otolith microchemistry and acoustic tagging); and dietary and food chain studies using methods such as stable isotopes. I also study fish habitats (e.g. seagrass) and associated fauna, with a strong emphasis on environmental impacts and landscape processes. My research on estuarine fish looks into the role of freshwater flows in relation to recruitment variability.
- Dr Bradley Clarke
Dr Bradley Clarke
Contamination of the environment by man-made organic pollutants is one of the most serious environmental issues facing contemporary society. There are over 110 million unique chemical compounds registered in the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) database and over 140,000 of these are routinely used for industrial applications - all are potential environmental contaminants. Some health effects of human and wildlife exposure to particular organic pollutants, many of which are detectable in all human beings, are neurological damage, impaired immune function and reproductive health problems. Therefore, it is essential to conduct research that increases our scientific understanding of a wide range of organic pollutants, including how they cycle through the environment, and the toxicological impact of exposure.
Brad leads the Persistent Organic Pollutants Research Group that links chemistry and biology to conduct applied research investigating the fate, mobility and impacts of persistent organic pollutants on public health and the environment.
- Dr Robin Hale
Dr Robin Hale
I received my PhD in 2007 from the University of Melbourne, supervised by Professors Barb Downes and Steve Swearer. My research focussed on the recruitment dynamics of native diadromous fishes in small coastal streams in the Otways. Since finishing my PhD, I have held research positions with Monash University, the University of Melbourne, and the Victorian government.
I am an ecologist interested primarily in two areas of research:
- investigating the population and behavioural ecology of aquatic taxa, and
- understanding how aquatic ecosystems respond to disturbances and attempts to restore habitats.
My main current focus is on investigating the performance of urban wetlands as habitats for aquatic animals - especially the potential that some are ecological traps (poor quality habitats that animals mistakenly prefer). I am collaborating with researchers from CAPIM, Melbourne Water, and the UoM in this work.
- Adrian Ixcoatl Cervantes Servin
Adrian Ixcoatl Cervantes
I completed my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (Mexico) in 2003. I entered industry as a quality control engineer for two years, and after that I spent one year as a process engineer at the biggest petrol refinery in Mexico. In 2011, I graduated with a master of science in environmental engineering from the UMSN (Mexico), a three years program during which I worked on identifying specific river environmental flows in the Lerma’s river (physical habitat simulation), Mexico. At the same time in 2011, I co-founded an environmental consultancy company that is still running in Mexico. In 2015, I won an international scholarship from the Mexican Government. In addition, I was awarded a scholarship from the University of Melbourne, and joined CAPIM as a PhD student in December 2015. My research field is water pollution and water management.
My PhD focuses on identifying and understanding pesticide pathways through groundwater and how they may affect groundwater dependant ecosystems. My research interest are ecotoxicology, aquatic environments, and environmental metabolomics.
- Lee Engelstad
- Bryant Gagliardi
I am a PhD candidate and research assistant with CAPIM. I completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry/Biochemistry) in 2003, and an Honours degree (Zoology) with CAPIM (then CESAR) in 2008. I have worked as an RA since completing my Honours year, and commenced a PhD with CAPIM in 2013. My RA work involves co-ordinating environmental monitoring programs across Victoria. Through my honours and RA research I became interested in understanding the various mechanisms by which pollution degrades aquatic ecosystems, and it is these questions I am pursuing in my PhD.
My PhD research involves investigating the biology of the aquatic midge Paratanytarsus grimmii, and developing this species as a model ecotoxicological organism. Paratanytarsus grimmii is a unique insect – it reproduces asexually, is an all-female species and lays eggs either in its adult or pupal phase. It also has great potential as an ecotox model species, as it is internationally cosmopolitan. It is an excellent candidate model species for investigating population toxicology, as it is also amenable to laboratory manipulations, and unlike sexually reproducing model organisms, results cannot be confounded by inbreeding effects or sex-specific differences in pollutant sensitivity.
- Molly Hoak
I completed my Bachelors of Science Education in the U.S. in 2012 and moved to Melbourne soon after. I did a Postgraduate Diploma with CAPIM in 2013, looking at the effects of a synthetic pyrethroid pesticide on Chironomus tepperi. This got me hooked on the field of ecotoxicology and I commenced my PhD with CAPIM in 2014. My PhD project is investigating the effects of nutrient and toxicant mixtures on freshwater invertebrates. I’m interested in how mixtures and multiple stressors affect the environment.
- Tyler Mehler
I completed by bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology at Southern Illinois University. After I graduated, I proceeded to work as an eco-toxicity laboratory manager in Guangzhou, China for a year. I then worked as an environmental consultant in Boston, Massachusetts for 4 years before deciding to go back to school for my doctorate degree. I am currently a second year PhD student within CAPIM.
My research interest are primarily focused on sediment toxicology and understanding the applicability of current risk assessment approaches.My PhD revolves around using novel assessment techniques such as Toxicity Identification Evaluations (TIEs) in assessing sediment contamination.I am very interested in contamination in developing countries, such as China, as research in these areas is highly needed.
- Edward Nagul
I'm a second year Masters student under the supervision of Professor Spas Kolev, having completed my Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) in 2010. I'm currently working on developing a cost-effective automatic detection system for phosphate and arsenic in water samples, which makes use of a novel type of synthetic material (known as a 'polymer inclusion membrane') to enhance system performance.
This system performs especially well in the analysis of trace concentrations of these chemicals, where other techniques become unreliable. During my Masters I've made extensive use of flow injection analysis technology including the design and optimisation of such systems, and have investigated means of adapting various other chemical methods for use in automatic systems. The applicability of this system to a wider range of samples is still being investigated, and it is hoped that ultimately the entire system can be reduced to a compact unit suitable for use in the field without the need for trained laboratory staff to operate it.
- Bingxu Nan
I completed a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology at Hebei University, China in 2011, and then began pursuing a Master of Science in Ecology at South China Normal University. In 2012 I had the opportunity to undertake research in the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES) for 18 months. I completed my Master of Science in 2014, then worked at the CRAES as a research assistant. During my time in the CRAES, my research mainly focussed on the identification and risk assessments of organic pollutants in water environments of coastal areas affected by anthropogenic pollution. In September 2016 I joined CAPIM as a PhD student.
My research interests mainly lie in detecting novel pollutants efficiently by using biomarkers and real-time monitoring methods.
- Michael Sievers
I graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Marine Biology. After graduating, I completed a Master of Science at the same university under the supervision of Prof. Mick Keough, Dr. Tim Dempster and Dr. Isla Fitridge. My master's research focused on the competitive interactions between cultured mussels and biofouling, and the spatial and temporal variability in fouling patterns within Port Phillip Bay.
Since completing my Masters in late October 2012, I have been working on a broad range of projects for Prof. Mick Keough, Dr. Tim Dempster and Dr. John Morrongiello. These include continuing documenting fouling patterns within PPB, surveying intertidal zones, designing and implementing experiments, and data collection, collation and analysis.
As of January 2015, I started a PhD at the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences (SEFS) and BioSciences 4, The University of Melbourne, on the ecological costs/benefits of artificial wetlands in urban landscapes using frogs as a model. The project – supervised by Dr Kirsten Parris, A/prof Stephen Swearer and Dr Rob Hale – will focus on ecological trap theory, ecotoxicology, metapopulation dynamics, urban ecology, and habitat selection. My current research interests include: ecological trap theory, freshwater ecology, ecotoxicology, biofouling, fisheries and aquaculture.
- Maita Subba
I completed a Master in Environmental Biology at Mahidol University, Thailand in the year 2012. My master research focused on using bacteria (Pseudomonas putida) and vetiver grass to clean petroleum contaminated soil. I then worked as a teacher for 8 years in government schools in Bhutan.
During my study as a student in Thailand I became very interested in environmental issues and ways to address them. It was this curiosity and interest which led me to take up a PhD with CAPIM.
My current research interest lies in ecotoxicology, water pollution, biomarkers, and risk assessment.
- Hung Vu
I completed my master's degree in environmental toxicology at Clemson University, USA (2009),looking at the toxicity of pulsed copper exposure to Daphnia magna. I joined CAPIM as a PhD student in 2012. My research focuses on the impacts of fungicides on freshwater and marine ecosystems. My research interests also include the effects of pesticides and metals on aquatic environments from the molecular to the ecosystem level.
Josephine (Gigi) Woods
I am passionate about estuarine environments, and the reduction of anthropogenic impacts on sediment and water quality. During my PhD I hope to determine various impacts of metals in aquatic environments.
- Hsuan-Cheng Lu
I completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan in 2012. Because of my interest in environmental science, I began my Masters in 2015 and joined CAPIM in February, 2016 for my master thesis. My research interest lies in microplastics in urban wetlands. I am currently investigating the correlation between the types of plastic polymer and the types of land use in urban wetlands around Melbourne.
- Georgia Sinclair
I graduated from Deakin University (Warrnambool) with a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology). I was then fortunate to work as a research assistant at CAPIM running ecotoxicology experiments, biomarker identification and metabolomic analysis for 12 months. This experience gave me the opportunity to gain skills in ecotoxicology research. I also had the chance to present CAPIM research at the 2016 Australian and New Zealand Metabolomics Conference (ANZMET). In 2016 I began my Master of Science (Biosciences) at the University of Melbourne, continuing to develop my knowledge and skills in aquatic pollution using ecotoxicology and metabolomics.
My master’s research project investigates the impact of copper and fungicides on estuarine macro-invertebrates using metabolomics. This project will involve laboratory exposures and a field mesocosm experiment in order to understand the biochemical impacts anthropogenic pollution has on invertebrates. My research interest are ecotoxicology, aquatic environments, and environmental metabolomics.