Honorary Senior Research Fellow - Entox
Senior Research Scientist - Seqwater

Contact Details

phone: (07) 3270 4088 | fax: (07) 3229 7926

c/- National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (Entox)
39 Kessels Road
Coopers Plains QLD 4108
Email: michael.bartkow@seqwater.com.au


Michael Bartkow is currently a senior scientist with the Research and Development group at Seqwater. Seqwater are the bulk water supplier for the south east Queensland region and are responsible for catchments, water storages and water treatment plants. Michael Bartkow’s position co-ordinates the delivery of research projects related to the management of catchments, water storages, and treatment services to ensure the quality of the region’s water supplies. His work focuses on issues relating to the impact of chemicals on maintaining acceptable water quality in raw and treated water. It provides expert advice in the field of environmental toxicology and chemistry and is responsible for initiating new research programs to meet current regulatory requirements and fill knowledge gaps. The position ensures both the quality of research and timely delivery of milestones, in collaborative research teams that include scientists from various research partners (including national and international collaborators such as CSIRO, UQ, GU, UNSW, SNWA, EAWAG and The University of California). The position also provides expert scientific support to Seqwater staff on the impact chemicals can have on environmental processes and public health.

While at UQ, Michael Bartkow received his PhD in environmental chemistry in 2005 and then worked on a range of different projects as a Research Fellow. In that position he provided specialist support to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of research and consultancy projects undertaken by the Anthropogenic Pollutants research group of Entox. Duties included coordinating staff and resources to develop and deliver research program milestones along with ‘hands on’ work. Projects ranged from simple monitoring tasks (e.g. air pollutant monitoring at Narangba Industrial Estate) to managing projects with budgets in excess of $300K per annum (e.g. National Chemical Monitoring Survey, Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program). This position worked together with others in the group via student supervision and staff mentoring. Other duties included managing the consultancy team (4 staff) and providing project management for consultancy projects. He has co-supervised 4 PhD candidates, 1 Masters and several honours/interns/special topic students. Publications include over 20 peer reviewed journal papers, 1 book chapter and over 40 conference papers.

Selected Research Projects

  • Development of a contaminant fate model for organic pollutants in a water storage
  • Development of chemical information database to inform risk assessment processes
  • Characterising the treatment capacity of a water storage for chemicals of interest
  • Baseline monitoring for trace contaminants in water, sediment and biota
  • ARC Linkage (Partner Investigator): Development and calibration of aquatic passive sampler technologies for emerging water pollutants
  • ARC Linkage (Partner Investigator): Investigation of endocrine disruption in Australian aquatic environments
  • ARC Linkage (Partner Investigator): Monitoring organic matter in drinking water systems using fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Water Reuse Foundation (Project Advisory Committee): Development of bioanalytical tools for detecting health effects from recycled water

Selected Publications

  • Jack S Thompson, Geoff Eaglesham; Julien Reungoat; Yvan Poussade; Michael E Bartkow; Michael G Lawrence, Jochen Mueller. 2011. Removal of PFOS, PFOA and Other Perfluoroalkyl Acids at Water Reclamation Plants in South East Queensland Australia. Chemosphere, 82: 9-17
  • Darryl W. Hawker, Janet L. Cumming, Peta A. Neale, Michael E. Bartkow and Beate I. Escher. 2011. A screening level fate model of organic contaminants from advanced water treatment in a potable water supply reservoir. Water Research, 45: 768-780.
  • Declan Page, Peter Dillon, Jochen Mueller and Michael Bartkow. 2010. Quantification of herbicide removal in a constructed wetland using passive samplers and composite water quality monitoring. Chemosphere, 81: 394-399.
  • Kennedy, K., Macova, M., Bartkow, M.E., Hawker, D.W., Zhao, B., Denison, M.S., Mueller, J.F. (2010). Effect based monitoring of seasonal ambient air exposures in Australia sampled by PUF passive air samplers. Atmospheric Pollution Research 1: 50-58.
  • Leisa-Maree L. Toms, Laurence Hearn, Karen Kennedy, Fiona Harden, Michael Bartkow, Christian Temme and Jochen F. Mueller. 2009. Concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in matched samples of human milk, dust and indoor air. Environment International. 35: 864-869.
  • Leisa-Maree L. Toms, Michael E. Bartkow, Robert Symons, Olaf Paepke and Jochen F. Mueller. 2009 Assessment of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in samples collected from indoor environments in South East Queensland, Australia. Chemosphere. 76: 173-178.
  • Karen Kennedy, Miroslava Macova, Frederic Leusch, Michael E. Bartkow, Darryl W. Hawker, Bin Zhao, Michael S. Denison, Jochen F. Mueller (2009) Assessing indoor air exposures using passive sampling with bioanalytical methods for estrogenicity and aryl hydrocarbon receptor activity. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. 394: 1413- 1411
  • Tatiana V. Komarova, Michael E. Bartkow, Sibylle Rutishauser, Steve Carter, Jochen F. Mueller. Evaluation and in-situ assessment of photodegradation of polyaromatic hydrocarbons in semipermeable membrane devices deployed in ocean water. 2009. Environmental Pollution 157 731-736
  • Kennedy, K.E.; Müller, J.F., Hawker, D.W., Bartkow, M.E.; Truss, R.W. 2007. Evaluation of ethylene vinyl acetate and low density polyethylene thin films for equilibrium phase passive air sampling of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Atmospheric Environment, 41, 5778-5787.
  • Komarova, T., Bartkow, M.E., Carter, S., Vanderzalm, J., Müller, J.F. 2006. Field evaluation of passive samplers: Monitoring polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in stormwater. Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, 26, 221-236.
  • Udy, J.W., Fellows, C.S., Bartkow, M.E., Bunn, S.E., Clapcott, J.E., Harch, B.D. 2006. Measures of nutrient processes as indicators of stream ecosystem health. Hydrobiologia, 572: 89-102.
  • Bartkow, M.E. and Udy, J.W. 2004. Quantifying potential nitrogen removal by denitrification in stream sediments at a regional scale. Marine and Freshwater Research, 55, 309-315.

Major Reports

  • Renee Muller and Michael Bartkow. May 2010. Contaminant Distribution in Lake Wivenhoe Sediments: Further analysis of data from the 2007 baseline assessment. Report prepared for Seqwater.
  • Mark Benotti, Dan Gerrity, James Udy and Michael Bartkow. June 2010. Occurrence of Trace Organic Contaminants and Characterization of Natural Organic Matter in Lake Wivenhoe and the Brisbane River following a Heavy Precipitation Event. Report prepared for Seqwater.
  • Mark Benotti, Dan Gerrity, Jen Batista, James Udy and Michael Bartkow. June 2010. Microbial Degradation of Trace Organic Contaminants (TOrCs) in Lake Wivenhoe and the Brisbane River Immediately Following a Heavy Rain Event. Report prepared for Seqwater.
  • Kristie Lee Chue, Miroslava Macova, Marita Goodwin, Jochen Mueller and Michael Bartkow. Jan 2010. Baseline Monitoring: Chemical and bioanalytical characterisation of water samples. Report prepared for Seqwater.
  • Renee Muller and Michael Bartkow. June 2010. Baseline Assessment of Wivenhoe Dam – Biota Contaminants and Toxicology. Report prepared for Seqwater.
  • Michael Bartkow, Miroslava Macova, Janet Tang, Karen Kennedy and Jochen Mueller Towards the integration of bioanalytical tools into air pollution assessment, regulation and management, Clean Air Research Programme, Final Report to Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts, November 2008.
  • Michael Bartkow, Andrew Dunn, Tatiana Komarova, Chris Paxman, Jochen Mueller. Monitoring of organic chemicals in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and selected tributaries using time integrated monitoring tools. Final Report: October 2008. Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (RWQPP), GBR Monitoring Partnership, (2005-2008).
  • Michael Bartkow, Anita Kapernick, Andrew Dunn, Tatiana Komarova, Chris Paxman, Jochen Mueller. Evaluation of organic pollutants using passive samplers in sub-catchments near Perth, Western Australia. Final Report to Department of Water, Western Australia. June 2008.
  • Michael Bartkow, Ben Merrick, Melanie Shaw, Munro Mortimer, Simon Costanzo, and Jochen Mueller. Final Report on Survey of Chemical Monitoring Activities in Australia. 2007. Department of the Environment and Water Resources

A full list of publications and major reports can be obtained by contacting Dr Michael Bartkow via email michael.bartkow@seqwater.com.au .

Research Students

  • Sarit Kaserzon: PhD on the development and calibration of aquatic passive sampler technologies for emerging water pollutants
  • Jack Thompson: PhD on the fate and occurrence of perfluorinated chemicals in Australia