News & Events

Pollution Science IN the News and Events

Australian Geographic - 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.

National Soils Day - December 2018

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!


Etido Umoren - August 2019

Etido graduated from UNE with his PhD in hydrocarbon and metal pollution of Eastern Niger Delta aquatic ecosystems. Congratulations and well done Etido!

Carolyn Sonter - December 2018

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

Recent Conferences

July 2019

SETAC Australasia 2019, 7-10 July, Darwin

Carolyn attended the SETAC conference in Darwin where she presented a poster on a new cage system for experimental studies on small honey bee colonies. She also gave an oral presentation on the effect of PFOS on the colony dynamics of the European honey bee and won People’s Choice for her presentation – Congratulations Carolyn!

June 2019

ICCE 17th International Conference on Chemistry and Environment, 16-20 June Thessaloniki, Greece

Kirsten presented on ‘Optimised extraction method for accurate and sensitive analysis of glyphosate and AMPA in high conservation island soils’.

May 2019

ICOBTE 15th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements, 5-9 May Nanjing China

Sue, Matt, Sajanee and Steven attended the ICOBTE conference with Sue organising the successful Antimony Session and Matt presenting a keynote speech.

Sajanee gave a presentation on “Arsenic and cadmium in paddy soils and rice seeds of kidney disease affected areas in Sri Lanka: characterization and risk”.

Steven also attended and gave a presentation on “Spatial variations in the sediment associations of As and Sb in a contaminated catchment”.


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!


The Pollution Science Research Group ran an outreach program at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Our display – Earthworms and Pollution was a huge hit. Some days 30000 people passed through so great promotion of our science!