Dr Jennifer Stauber: Deputy Chief, CSIRO Land and Water
Dr Jennifer Stauber is Deputy Chief for one of the nation's largest land and water research teams.
10 September 2009 | Updated 12 April 2013
Dr Jennifer Stauber has been Deputy Chief of CSIRO Land and Water since December 2008.
Prior to that she had the dual responsibilities of Stream and Group Leader within the Division's research theme – Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research – and CSIRO Land and Water’s Environmental Biogeochemistry program.
From 2006–08 she was Visiting Professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at City University, Hong Kong.
Dr Stauber is an aquatic ecotoxicologist whose research is largely in the area of ecotoxicology and environmental risk assessment focusing on the effects of organic and inorganic environmental contaminants on aquatic organisms, in particular microalgae and invertebrates.
Dr Stauber is a joint winner of Land & Water Australia’s Eureka Prize for Water Research for research into the assessment and regulation of contaminated sediments.
Her research has included the development of bioassays and biomarkers for monitoring environmental contaminants in effluents, waters and sediments, with particular focus on mining and sewage impacts, including:
- investigation of the biochemical mechanism of toxicity of metals to marine and freshwater algae
- speciation and bioavailability of metals in aquatic systems
- effect of water and sediment quality parameters on metal toxicity to biota
- environmental risk assessment of chemicals, mining wastes, acid sulphate soils, and industrial and sewage effluents, in aquatic systems
- development of water quality guidelines for metals and inorganic chemicals.
She has also undertaken projects in the field of occupational health, including:
- toxicity of lead, aluminium and manganese in humans
- neurotoxicity of manganese in Indigenous communities in Groote Eylandt, Australia
- skin absorption of lead compounds (ANZECC and Worksafe grants)
- development of novel biological monitoring techniques.
Dr Stauber has 30 years of research experience in the fields of ecotoxicology, environmental risk assessment and human toxicology.
She has extensive experience in ecotoxicology, particularly in the development of novel toxicity tests and chronic algal bioassays for assessing the toxicity of contaminants in natural waters.
She is expert in the development and application of aquatic and sediment bioassays for environmental monitoring for the mining, chemical, water and pulp/paper industries.
Dr Stauber has been awarded a:
- Bachelor of Science from The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Master of Science also from The University of Sydney
- Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Dr Stauber has written more than 300 scientific and technical publications relating to the:
- bioavailability and toxicity of contaminants in aquatic systems
- use of microalgae in toxicity testing
- health effects of metals in humans.
Dr Stauber serves as the expert ecotoxicologist on a number of technical advisory committees for Australian state and federal government departments, providing advice to the Commonwealth Environment Minister and the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts on issues such as hazardous waste, uranium mining research, desalination, forestry, acid sulphate soils and water quality.
She is also a regular member and chair of World Health Organization (WHO) review boards to develop global Environmental Health Criteria for chemicals.
Dr Stauber has won several awards including:
- Bede Morris Fellowship, 2008–09
- CSIRO Medal for Research Excellence, 2006
- Land & Water Australia's Eureka Prize for Water Research for research into the assessment and regulation of contaminated sediments. Jointly awarded with Dr Graeme Batley, Dr Stuart Simpson and the Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research team, 2006
- Best oral presentation award, 12th International Symposium on Aquatic Toxicity Assessment, Skiathos, Greece, June 2005
- Guy Parker Award for best paper published in the journal 'Water', 1999
- Michael Flynn Award for Best Paper at the Australian Water and Wastewater Association (AWWA) Federal Convention, 1999
- International Union of Biochemistry Travel Fellowship, 1991
- Lucas Heights Scientific Society Award, 1989.
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