Dr Anthony Chariton, Aquatic Ecology and Ecogenomics Research.
Dr Anthony Chariton: aquatic ecology, ecogenomics and environmental risk assessment
Dr Anthony Chariton's primary research areas include the effects of contaminants on aquatic ecosystems.
22 December 2009 | Updated 14 October 2011
Dr Anthony Chariton is Research Scientist within the Environmental Biogeochemistry Program in CSIRO Land and Water.
His research on aquatic ecology and ecogenomics is currently delivered through two flagships - Water for a Healthy Country and Wealth from Oceans.
Dr Chariton's research is primarily in the area of estuarine ecology, with a focus on the effects on environmental contaminants on sedimentary environments. This includes macrobenthic identification, environmental risk assessment, experimental design, ecotoxicology, manipulation experiments and biometry.
In conjunction with researchers from CSIRO Entomology, Dr Chariton has been developing and applying cutting-edge genomic techniques to the area of aquatic ecology.
This includes the use of pyrosequencing for classifying and comparing biotic assemblages; and the development of custom-designed microarray which will be used to examine the structural and functional ecogenomic characteristics of sedimentary environments.
His research interests and expertise include:
Dr Chariton joined CSIRO in 2007 as a Research Scientist, undertaking research predominately being in the area of aquatic ecology, environmental risk assessment and ecogenomics.
During 2005-07, he was based at CSIRO's Lucas Heights site in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, whilst doing his postdoctoral research through the University of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The research focused on examining the relationships between abiotic variables and macrobenthic communities.
Prior to that Dr Chariton worked for the Murray-Darling Basin Commission on the native fish strategy.
Dr Chariton has been awarded a:
- Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) from the University of Canberra, 1999
- Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Canberra, 2005.
In 2006, Dr Chariton was awarded the CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement for research advancing the assessment and regulation of contaminants in aquatic sediments, involving revised assessment protocols, new toxicity tests, and improved frameworks, underpinning revised sediment quality guidelines and defensible management actions that are appropriately protective of Australia's benthic and aquatic ecosystems.
Dr Chariton has presented at six international conferences and is regularly invited as a guest lecturer at several universities.
He is the author of two peer-reviewed research papers in international journals, one handbook, and seven scientific reports on aquatic ecology, experimental design and risk assessment.
He was a significant co-contributor to the ANZECC/ARMCANZ (2000) National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS): Australian guidelines for water quality monitoring and reporting.
Dr Chariton has co-supervised one Doctorate student and two Honours students.
Dr Chariton is a member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).
He has also been involved in:
- SETAC World Congress Organisation Committee
- Co-developer of the SETAC Metagenomic Community
- America Society of Ecology.
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