My research strength is in microbial ecology in a variety of systems, with applications in environmental biotechnology. I have active research programs in the ecology and control of Legionella bacteria in water and soil systems, human health risk assesssment, the bioremediation and phytoremediation of contaminated soil and anaerobic digestion of putrescible wastes. I have been guest speaker at a number of International and National conferences relating to these research areas.
I have many years experience in provision of expert advisory services in relation to legionella and Legionnaires' disease control and consultancies relating to contaminated site remediation and health risk assessment in industrial settings.
As Technical Advisor to Flinders Bioremediation I was responsible for the technical aspects and development of two awards:
National Case Earth Award 2005 and AWA First Prize 2004
Both were awarded for the Composting of Silt Trap Materials in Brownhill Creek, SA.
Outstanding achievement award for a media release. Public Relations Office and Media Liaison, Flinders University (2008).
My principal research interest is microbial ecology. I have established track record in all of the following research areas:
Legionella ecology and control in soils and water systems.
Bioremediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soils.
Rhizoremediation of hydrocarbon and pesticide contaminated soils.
Anaerobic digestion of solid wastes.
Human health risk assessment
I have provided consultancy services relating to:
Legionnaires' disease outbreaks,
Salmonella food poisoning outbreaks,
Human health risk assessments of stockpiled materials,
Full scale bioremediation of hydrocarbon and pesticide contaminated soils.
Flinders University, School of the Environment Postgraduate Award for Public Research Output. - MAR 2013
3 Minute Thesis, Winner School of the Environment, Finalist Flinders University - APR 2012
Best Presentation, FrC3E Postgraduate Conference - MAY 2008
SA Branch Prize, Australian Society for Microbiology - JUL 2001
SA Branch Prize, Australian Society for Microbiology - JUL 2000
Student Prize, Batelle International Conference on the Remediation of Complex organic pollutants - MAR 2004
Best Poster, OZRI 2000 - MAY 2000
Scientific Excellence Award, Environment and Engineering Research Event - APR 2002
Student Travel Award, Rhizosphere '02 International Conference - SEP 2007
International Society for Microbiology, Student travel Award - JUL 2006
Honours Scholarship, SA Water - FEB 2010
Scholarship Suplement, Goyder Institute for Water Research - MAR 2010
AJ and IM Naylon Honours Scholarship - JAN 2010
Student Prize, SA Branch, Australian Society for Microbiology - APR 2010
AJ and IM Naylon Honours Scholarship - FEB 2011
Best presentation, Fr3CE Postgraduate Conference - JUL 2009
3 Minute Thesis, Winner School of the Environmnent - MAY 2013
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