PhD Candidate

Contact Details

Phone: +61(0)409 581 906
Fax: +61(0)7 3274 9003

Email: c.villa@uq.edu.au
39 Kessels Road
Coopers Plains, QLD 4108


Alex Villa is  a PhD candidate under the supervision of A/Prof. Caroline Gaus (http://www.entox.uq.edu.au/caroline-gaus) investigating the exposure and toxicokinetics of pollutants in marine wildlife.  

He was most recently employed as a research assistant at Entox studying the enhancement of release and transport processes of super hydrophobic organic compounds through surfactant facilitators.

In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Science with Honours, specialising in Zoology, from the University of Toronto, Canada and spent 5-years as a Project Scientist for environmental consulting companies with industry experience in environmental risk assessments, site remediation, and waste management, in Southern California.  

Research Interests

Toxicokinetics, bioconcentration and biomagnification of pollutants in marine biota, analysis of organic contaminants using solid phase microextraction, metals and metalloids.

Select Publications


Villa, C. A., S. Finlayson, C. Limpus, and C. Gaus. "A multi-element screening method to identify metal targets for blood biomonitoring in green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas)." Science of The Total Environment 512 (2015): 613-621.
Gaus, Caroline, Sharon Grant, Nat Ling Jin, Kristina Goot, Lan Chen, Alex Villa, Frank Neugebauer, Lixia Qi, and C. J. Limpus. "Investigations of contaminant levels in green turtles from Gladstone." National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (2012).
Winterbottom, Richard, and Cesar A. Villa. "A new species of the Trimma caesiura complex (Gobiidae, Teleostei) from the north-eastern margin of the Australian Plate, with a redescription of the other nominal species in the complex." Aqua international Journal of Ichthyology 7, no. 1 (2003): 13-28.
Grant, Sharon, Veronika Schacht, Alexander C. Villa, Escher Beate, and Caroline Gaus. "Surfactant facilitated transport of super-hydrophobic contaminants: polymer based methods to investigate partitioning to micelles." In Organohalogen Compounds, no. 74, pp. 347-350. Eco-Informa Press, 2012. “