ACLCA Victoria is excited to welcome Assoc. Prof. Suzie Reichman Director, Centre for Anthropogenic Pollution Impact and Management (CAPIM), University of Melbourne along with Slavica Kandic, PhD grad, School of Engineering, RMIT University to present at the September Monthly Member Presentation.
Lead (Pb) was one of the first metals mined by humans with of our first record of anthropogenic Pb pollution from 8500 years ago. There is little indication of early miners, metal workers or consumers taking precautions against Pb exposure and so it’s likely that Pb-toxicity in humans dates back just as far. In Australia, our history is also inextricably linked with Pb. We have a long history of Pb mining and smelting and are currently second only to China for global Pb production. In addition, Pb has formed a regular part of Australian’s daily lives from its use in leaded paints until the 1970s to Pb’s role as an antiknocking agent in petrol up to the early 2000s. Our production and use of Pb has left a legacy in our soils and sometimes also in our blood.
Assoc, Prof Suzie Reichman will discuss lead in the Australia environment including recent research from her team and others on ambient Pb concentrations, legacy pollution in our cities, and bioavailability.
Ms Slavica Kandic will discuss part of her PhD research funded by ACLCA on Pb bioaccessibility in Melbourne soils. Slavica will discuss the use of soil characteristics (organic matter, pH, and cation exchange capacity) to model the bioaccessibility of Pb in soil and the risk of exposure to legacy Pb pollution in our garden soils.
Associate Professor Suzie ReichmanAssoc. Prof. Suzie Reichman is an expert in soil chemistry, ecotoxicology and environmental risk assessment. Suzie joined the University of Melbourne in June 2020 as the Director of the Centre for Anthropogenic Pollution Impact and Management (CAPIM) and is enjoying the challenge of reinvigorating and broadening CAPIM to include water, soil, air and waste related pollution. Prior to this, Suzie was a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at RMIT University from 2010-2020. Suzie has also worked for the University of California, Lincoln University (New Zealand) and the Environment Protection Authority Victoria and graduated in 2002 with her PhD in mining remediation from the University of Queensland. Assoc. Prof. Reichman’s research is applied and she commonly collaborates with industry and government on projects to combine excellent science with usable outcomes.
(Almost Dr) Slavica KandicMs: Slavica Kandic is a PhD graduand at RMIT University. She has been a part of the SoilTox Lab at RMIT since 2014 when she started on her Masters Degree which was later upgraded to a PhD. Her research focuses on metal phytoavailablity in urban soils and quantifying factors that contribute to risks associated with exposure to metals from soils. She is the winner of the ACTRA Student Prize in 2017, and currently has one publication in Environmental Pollution.
DATE: Tuesday 8 September 2020
VENUE: Zoom online (Zoom invite will be emailed the morning of 8 September)
REGISTRATION: Registrations CLOSE Monday 7 September. This session is open to ACLCA members only.
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