HDR Student Profiles

HDR Students

Elvis Lagble

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Masters| School of Environmental & Rural Science

Email: elagble@myune.edu.au

Co-composting of PAHs in long-term contaminated soils

Elvis’s Masters project examines the co-composting of PAHs in long-term contaminated soils to overcome the limitations for contaminant breakdown.

Steven Doherty

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PhD| School of Environmental & Rural Science

Email: sdohert5@myune.edu.au

Identifying Pollution Movement in NSW Catchments for Risk Mitigation

Steven’s PhD involves identifying the sources, sinks, and drivers of arsenic and antimony redox in the environment. He will assess local contaminated sites to quantify where As and Sb are found and determine how environmental conditions affect metalloid partitioning between soils, sediments, and waters.

Nicola Forster

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PhD| School of Environmental & Rural Science

Microplastics from recreation activities in terrestrial systems

Nicola’s PhD investigates microplastics from recreation activities in terrestrial systems. She will examine identification, analysis, and effects on soil properties and vegetation.

Roozbeh Naghshi Ravansari

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PhD| School of Environmental & Rural Science

Email: rravansa@myune.edu.au

Augmented portable X-Ray Fluorescence Technology for application to soils

Roozbeh is working on developing sensors, methods and algorithms for use in conjunction with portable X-Ray fluorescence to enhance in situ soil geochemical measurement accuracy and utility.

Carolyn Sonter

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PhD| School of Environmental & Rural Science

Email: csonter@myune.edu.au

Carolyn’s PhD project is examining the impact of sublethal concentrations of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and glyphosate on the colony dynamics of the European honey bee using a novel cage system designed at UNE.

Martin Brummell

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Post-doctoral Fellow| School of Environmental & Rural Science

Email: mbrummell@une.edu.au Email: @une.edu.au

Movements of chemicals and microorganisms between plants

Martin is an ecologist with a background in the study of the patterns and processes in ecosystems to understand their functions. Martin will be examining the movements of chemicals and microorganisms between plants, especially when carried by insect pollinators.

Sajanee Ganga Gunadasa Hene Kapuralalage

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PhD| School of Environmental & Rural Science

Email: hgunadas@myune.edu.au

Cadmium and Arsenic in Sri Lankan Farm Soils: An analysis of Sources, Chemistry, Threats and Best Available Techniques for Remediation

Sajanee has an Endeavour postgraduate scholarship. In Sri Lanka, widespread chronic kidney disease is attributed to soil and water contamination by exposure to As and Cd through overuse of fertilisers and pesticides - a type of contamination which affects millions of people in developing nations. Sajanee’s research investigates the potential of biochar and other organic amendments as cost effective in situ remediation options for these contaminated soils.

Atefeh Esmaeili

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PhD| School of Environmental & Rural Science

Bioremediation of Polycyclic Aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) contaminated soils: Quantifying treatment effects on microbial communities, bioavailability and ecotoxicity for safe soil reuse

The aim of Atefeh’s research is to identify the most appropriate method for assessing the PAHs bioavailability in aged contaminated soils.

Kirsten Drew

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PhD| School of Environmental & Rural Science

Email: kdrew4@myune.edu.au

Mobility and persistence of glyphosate and AMPA in High Conservation Environments

Kirsten’s  PhD is examining the mobility and persistence of glyphosate and AMPA in a range of high conservation and nature reserve island environments with different climatic zones and soil conditions. This includes subantarctic Macquarie Island, temperate Big Island (Wollongong) and Broughton Island, and subtropical South Solitary Island.

Etido Umoren

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PhD| School of Environmental & Rural Science

Email: eumoren@myune.edu.au

Impact Of Environmental Pollution On Agricultural Communities: Crude Oil Contamination Of Foodchains In The Niger Delta, Nigeria

This project involves a holistic ecotoxicological audit/assessment on food safety for the inhabitants of the crude oil contaminated Niger Delta region in Nigeria. This will be achieved through direct sampling of the foodchain and surveying the impact on the environment and people.

Calvin Leech

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Post-Doctoral Academic| School of Environmental & Rural Science

Email: cleech@myune.edu.au Email: @une.edu.au

Calvin is an Assistant Academic in the Schools of Science and Technology and Environmental and Rural Science.  Calvin is an environmental chemist and soil scientist working on projects across several disciplines including GC-MS method development in pollution science and canine and equine research.

Jim McFarlane

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PhD Candidate| UNE Business School

Email: Jmcfarl3@myune.edu.au

Before becoming an applied economist, I had over 25 years of experience of working in Hospitality, Agriculture, Construction and Trade-related industries, and have  spent considerable time in many third world countries. My research interests are primarily in the area of agricultural and regional economics. They include the application of economic principles and models to measure the structure of an economy; impact assessment and the effects  from technological change, marketing  programs, and government policies; production economics; value chain analysis; wine economics. My PhD is on the economic impacts of  the wine industry  in the Central West of NSW.

The economic impacts of the wine industry in the Central West of NSW

Helena Pastor

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PhD Graduand| School of Arts

Creative Research Practice

Helena Pastor is a casual lecturer in the School of Arts. Her creative writing has attracted two Australian Society of Authors’ Mentorships, along with a number of residencies at Varuna Writers’ House and Bundanon. She has extensive experience as an educator, and has worked with groups ranging from Bosnian refugees to university-level creative writing students.

Kate Wright

Postdoctoral Research Fellow| School of Arts

Email: kwrigh33@une.edu.au

Nourishing Culture and Developing Social Capital in a Community Garden

Kate’s research is situated in the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Humanities and looks at the way inter-species relationships nourish and sustain resilient environments and communities, with a particular focus on social and environmental justice. Her current postdoctoral project ‘Nourishing Culture and Developing Social Capital in a Community Garden’ involves working collaboratively with local Aboriginal community members, organisations and Elders to develop a community garden on a block of land that was once part of an Aboriginal reserve.

Through the lens of multi-species ethnography, the garden will be a space to experiment with alternatives to neoliberal, colonial and anthropocentric modes of thinking and living. The project will expand the notion of community into a ‘mixed community’ of humans and non-humans to ask innovative questions, such as: Can a plant be a mentor? Can bush foods retain cultural knowledge? Can worms teach us how to develop more sustainable modes of living? Community members will be co-researchers, bridging the gap between traditional and academic knowledges and between local action and global change.

This research project is integrated with an innovative training and education pathway program that links Aboriginal environmental knowledges with sustainability and environmental science. This program will be conducted through the garden site by UNE in partnership with TAFE New England, Jobs Australia, Best Employment, BackTrack Youthworks, and the Clontarf Academy (Armidale High School).

Rob Waters

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PhD Candidate| School of Arts

Email: rwaters20@myune.edu.au

Gauging the potential of storytelling and poetry to transmit culture, values and knowledge through oral stories