Position

Honorary Research Fellow

Contact Details

Postal:
C/o Entox
39 Kessels Road
Coopers Plains, QLD 4108
Australia
Email: s.grant@uq.edu.au

Background

Sharon studied mathematics at the University of Oxford in the UK and ecology and conservation biology at Griffith University in Queensland. She completed her PhD in environmental toxicology from the University of Queensland in 2012, titled ‘Surfactant facilitated transport of super-hydrophobic organic contaminants’.
Sharon’s current research at Entox focusses on qualitative and quantitative understanding of the processes relevant to unintentional surfactant facilitated transport of super-hydrophobic organic contaminants (SHOCs) in the environment. The goal is to integrate this knowledge and provide a modelling approach that ultimately can be applied to assess and predict groundwater and offsite contamination with SHOCs.
 

Research Interests

Focusing on understanding the sources, fate and transport of super-hydrophobic organic contaminants in the environment. In particular:

  • Modelling approaches and determination of the underlying processes to predict surfactant (and other colloid) facilitated transport of contaminants
  • Modelling approaches to simulate atmospheric transport of contaminants in tropical environments
  • Contaminant source identification using pattern recognition models to match environmental and source congener profiles

Research projects

  • Unintentional surfactant facilitated solubilisation and transport of apparently immobile chemicals
  • Identifying sources of dioxin contamination in the environment using congener characterisation and pattern recognition tools