Environmental Science Water Research Group
The Environmental Water Science Group comprises a number of research active academics primarily within the School of Environmental and Life Sciences who have an underlying interest in all aspects of water science.
To understand research on the quantity and quality of water and wastewater systems with specific focus on environmental impacts of:
- Decentralised infrastructure planning such as rainwater tank systems, on-site wastewater treatment systems (e.g. constructed wetlands);
- Health of natural wetland habitats;
- Catchment runoff and urban water quality;
- Transport of contaminants through soils and the unsaturated zone;
- Monitoring strategies to further evaluate the impacts of contaminants in rivers, estuarine and lake systems.
To examine the effects of pollutants on freshwater, estuarine and marine biota.
KEY RESEARCH AREAS
- The impact of pollutants on organisms in the environment (ecotoxicology).
- Remediation of aquatic contamination.
- Physiology of aquatic organisms.
- The ecology of freshwater, estuarine and marine environments.
Projects range from cellular to microbial to whole organism to ecosystem
- The use of fluorescent whitening compounds as indicators of human faecal contamination in environmental waters.
- Molluscan/fish biomonitors for quantification and impact assessment of endocrine disrupting chemicals in marine and freshwater ecosystems.
- Enhancing the bioremediation of hydrocarbon contaminants in soil.
- Source tracking using alternative faecal indicators in water.
- Evaluation of nurtient/microbial exports from unsewered areas.
- The metabolic response of Staphytococci to environmental stressors.
- Characterisation of microbial and chemical contaminants, bioreaction and water quantity dynamics in rainwater harvesting systems to optimise design.
- Response of aquatic invertebrates to long-term contaminant exposure.
- Current status of invertebrates in the upper Hunter River catchment.
- Australian Research Council (Linkage and Discovery)
- Hunter Water Corporation
- NSW Government Departments (Industry and Investment; Environment; Climate Change and Water; Food Authority)
- Port Stephens, Great Lakes and Lake Macquarie Councils
- Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment
- Bluescope Steel
- Veolia Environment
- Enviropacific Services
- Newcastle Innovation