Dr Harriet Whiley

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health

College of Science and Engineering

place Health Sciences (5.22)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Harriet Whiley is a senior lecturer in Environmental Health. As an environmental microbiologist her research is aimed at informing the environmental health profession of best practice to protect human health from pathogens present in the environment. Her research areas include water quality, food safety and risk assessment.

Harriet is available for Honours, Masters and PhD supervision.


PhD in Environmental Microbiology with Flinders University and the South Australian Water Corporation.
Thesis title: Using qPCR to investigate colonisation of Mycobacterium avium Complex (MAC) and Legionella spp. in South Australian potable and recycled water distribution systems.

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Practice, Flinders University, South Australia

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Flinders University, South Australia, Australia. (First Class)
Thesis title: Detection of opportunistic intracellular pathogens in potable water

Bachelor of Medical Science (Microbiology), Flinders University, South Australia

Honours, awards and grants
  • South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2018)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017)
  • Vice President and Executive Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researcher, Flinders University (2016)

  • School of the Environment postgraduate award for teaching excellence, Flinders University, South Australia (2015)
  • Flinders University School of the Environment winner of The 3 Minute Thesis competition (2013)
  • School of the Environment postgraduate award for public research output, Flinders University, South Australia (2013)
  • Recipient of the Goyder Insitute for Water Research PhD stipend top-up scholarship (2012-2014)
  • Recipient of Australian Postgraduate Awards Scholarship (2011-2014)
  • Chancellor's letter of commendation, Flinders University, South Australia (2010)
  • South Australian Water Corporation honours scholarship holder (2010)
Teaching interests

Course Convenor for the National Short Courses in Environmental Health

Topic coordinator
ENVS2712 Environmental Change and Human Health
ENVH9704 Risk Assessment and Management
ENVH7722 Food Safety
ENVH7742 Microbiology and Communicable Diseases
Topic lecturer
CTEC2101 Clean Technology 2
CTEC8702 Clean Technology 2
EASC1101 Earth and Environmental Sciences
Supervisory interests
Campylobacter spp
Drinking water treatment
Environmental health
Environmental microbiology
Food microbiology
Food policy
Food policy and regulation
Legionella longbeachae
Legionella pneumophila
Microbial ecology
Molecular biology
Mycobacterium avium
Potting mix
Public health
Salmonella spp
Water distribution systems
Water quality
Water reuse
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Microbiology / environmental health (2)
Associate supervisor: Environmental health (1), Biofouling (1), Microbiology / environmental health (2)
Principal supervisor: Microbiology/ environmental health (1)
Associate supervisor: Environmental health/parasitology (1), Environmental health (1)

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