Position

Honorary Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact Details

Email: p.neale@uq.edu.au

Background

Peta Neale is an environmental scientist and the main aim of her research is to improve understanding of micropollutant fate in the aquatic environment and engineered systems, specifically by focusing on the influence of organic matter.

She received her PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, UK, in 2009. She also has a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Advanced) (Honours Class II Division I) from the University of Wollongong (2005). She has been at Entox since September 2009 and has an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (Industry).

Peta Neale’s doctoral research focused on developing a novel methodology to quantify the interaction of steroidal hormones with dissolved organic matter at environmental concentrations. Her current research builds on the partitioning studies by applying a range of chemical and bioanalytical tools to better understand the bioavailability, transport and removal of micropollutants during water treatment. She also has an interest in organic matter characterisation, including assimilable organic carbon.

Selected Research Projects

Fate of Micropollutants in Water Recycling: Influence of Dissolved Organic Matter – Australian Research Council Linkage Project.

  • An understanding of micropollutant interaction with dissolved organic matter (DOM) is critical for successful water recycling. This project focuses on the influence of DOM on the fate of micropollutants during water recycling
  • Project aims include:
    • Determination of DOM-water partition coefficients for selected test chemicals with DOM isolated at various steps of the treatment train
    • Assessment of bioavailability and toxicity of micropollutants in the presence of DOM
  • Project partners include The University of New South Wales, Colorado School of Mines, WaterSecure, Veolia Water Australia and Water Quality Research Australia.

Selected Publications

Link to http://www.researcherid.com/ - text search for Peta Neale or F-2167-2010

Professional Activities

Reviewed papers for a number of journals including Environmental Science and Technology, Water Research, Journal of Environmental Quality and Journal of Membrane Science.

Member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and the Australian Water Association.