CAPIM alumni spotlight – Maita Subba

Maita is a recent CAPIM graduate, now employed as a Permissioning Officer at EPA Victoria. Maita recently completed a PhD in freshwater ecology undertaking lab and field experiments using a local freshwater snail Potamopyrgus antipodarum to test sensitivity to common contaminants found in waterways and the long-term effects of contaminant concentrations on the snail. Maita’s work also looked at the potential for using this freshwater snail as a water quality bioindicator.

Working with CAPIM Maita reflects it was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, being able to tap into the minds of world class scientists and collaborate directly with researchers from University of Melbourne and RMIT”. Though CAPIM Maita secured opportunities to present her research findings at national and international scientific conferences.

“I am incredibly grateful to CAPIM and University of Melbourne for equipping me with excellent scientific research skills and for all the unique opportunities for growth and development into a well-rounded individual. I believe that the knowledge, skills and experiences gained will help me to make a meaningful contribution towards environment and better serve the community.”

Acknowledgement: Maita’s study was funded by the Australian Government Research Training Program scholarship.


Investigating freshwater snails Potamopyrgus antipodarum as a suitable test species for ecotoxicological testing of surface water in Australia

Potamopyrgus antipodarum has the potential to detect effects from various land use activities on a freshwater ecosystem