News & Events

Pollution Science News

January 2019

Dr Sue Wilson and PhD student Steven Doherty of Pollution Science Research Group featured in a story about the Macleay River in the January edition of Australian Geographic. If you are a subscriber you can also check out the video uploaded to the Australian Geographic website. The Pollution Science Research Group has been extensively involved in researching the antimony and arsenic contamination of the Macleay River resulting from historical mining activities at Hillgrove mine.  Steven investigates how environmental conditions affect metalloid partitioning and sequestration in the river system. He is shown sampling water from Bakers Creek at Hillgrove mine.

December 2018

National Soils Day, 5 December 2018. Theme” Be the solution to soil pollution”

The Pollution Science Research Group hosted this national event at UNE attended by over 100 members of the university, local community and schools. The event was a showcase of the group’s research, with presentations, posters, pizza and a soil cake competition. Well done Sue and Matt for organising this event and the rest of the group for participating!

Carolyn graduated Bachelor of Science (Hons) with 1st class honours and was awarded the University Medal. Congratulations Carolyn!

October 2018

Congratulations to Carolyn Sonter for achieving her BSc with Honours. Read more about Carolyn's project and future research plans.

April 2018

Congratulations to Calvin Leech and Maxi Obiakor for graduating with PhD.

Recent conferences

SETAC Australia, 29-31 October 2018, Canberra

Sue attended the SETAC Australia conference and presented a poster on analysis of PFAS in bees at Williamtown, NSW.

SETAC North America, 4-8 November 2018, Sacramento

Carolyn attended SETAC Sacramento where she gave an oral presentation on analysis of  PFAS in bees at Williamtown, NSW .

National Soils Conference, 18-23 November 2018, Canberra

Sajanee and Kirsten were both members of UNE's soil judging competition team that was placed 2nd overall. Sajanee presented a poster on her work on Cd and As in Sri Lankan soils.

Royal Australian Chemical Institute Research and Development Topics Conference, 2-5 December 2018, Canberra

Kirsten won best environmental science poster prize. Well done Kirsten!