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Researcher: Townsend, AT (Associate Professor Ashley Townsend)

Fields of Research

Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry)
Chemical Oceanography
Analytical Spectrometry
Instrumental Methods (excl. Immunological and Bioassay Methods)
Separation Science
Environmental Monitoring
Geochemistry
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Chemical Sciences
Biological Oceanography
Palaeoclimatology
Environmental Sciences
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Environmental Management
Environmental Impact Assessment
Oceanography
Atmospheric Aerosols
Catalysis and Mechanisms of Reactions
Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
Quality Assurance, Chemometrics, Traceability and Metrological Chemistry
Higher Education
Aquaculture
Environmental Rehabilitation (excl. Bioremediation)
Horticultural Crop Growth and Development
Analytical Chemistry
Inorganic Geochemistry
Organometallic Chemistry
Nuclear Physics
Epidemiology
Nutrition and Dietetics

Research Objectives

Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography
Environment
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Land and Water Management
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments
Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Environmental Health
Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
Natural Hazards in Marine Environments
Health
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related)
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts)
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Mining Environments
Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Hydro-Electric Energy
Teacher and Instructor Development
Natural Hazards in Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments
Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Fisheries - Aquaculture
Environmentally Sustainable Mineral Resource Activities
Coastal and Estuarine Land Management
Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (excl. Urban and Industrial Use)
Stone Fruit
Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments
National Security
Occupational Health
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Expanding Knowledge in Technology
Coastal and Marine Management Policy
Nutrition

Career Best Publications

Determination of Scandium, Yttrium and Rare Earth Elements in Rocks by High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry; Geostandards Newsletter
Microbial life at -13 °C in the brine of an ice-sealed Antarctic lake; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Modern sampling and analytical methods for the determination of trace elements in marine particulate material using magnetic sector inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry; Analytica Chimica Acta
Multiple Pb sources in marine sediments near the Australian Antarctic Station, Casey; Science of the Total Environment
The accurate determination of the first row transition metals in water, urine, plant, tissue and rock samples by sector field ICP-MS; Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
The determination of copper, zinc, cadmium and lead in urine by high resolution ICP-MS; Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry

Research Publications

8th International Sector Field ICP-MS Conference
A comparison of an optimised sequential extraction procedure and dilute acid leaching of elements in anoxic sediments, including the effects of oxidation on sediment metal partitioning; Analytica Chimica Acta
A ‘‘core-top” screen for trace element proxies of environmental conditions and growth rates in the calcite skeletons of bamboo corals (Isididae); Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta
Advances in the offline trace metal extraction of Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Cd, and Pb from open ocean seawater samples with determination by sector field ICP-MS analysis; Analytical Methods
Analysis of Low Level REE, Rb, Sr, Zr, Nb, Mo, Sb, Cs, Hf, Ta, Bi, Th and U in Rock Standards by High Resolution ICP-MS after High Pressure digestion; 5th Australasian Symposium Applied ICP Mass Spectrometry
Analysis of trace metals in open ocean seawater samples using resin extraction methods with SF-ICP-MS detection; PACIFICHEM, 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies
Applications using magentic sector ICP-MS from Tasmania: a unique natural laboratory; JAAS Symposium: Highlighting the past, present and future of atomic spectrometry
Assessing the extent, stability, purity and properties of silanised detonation nanodiamond; Applied Surface Science
Baseline metal concentrations in Paramoera walkeri from East Antarctica; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Bioaccumulation of heavy metals in the food chain of the Derwent Estuary; Derwent Estuary Programme Science Symposium
Biogeochemical iron budgets of the Southern Ocean south of Australia: Decoupling of iron and nutrient cycles in the subantarctic zone by the summertime supply; Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Calcium application and impacts on cherry fruit quality; Acta Horticulturae
Chemistry meets politics at SmP
Chronic toxicity and delayed effects of exposure to metal contaminants in a common Antarctic ostracod; EnviroTox 2011
Comparative study of optimised BCR sequential extraction scheme and acid leaching of elements in the certified reference material NIST 2711; Analytica Chimica Acta
Comparison of methods for the determination of total selenium in plasma by magnetic sector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry; Analytica Chimica Acta
Conference Report: 1999 European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Determination of high field strength elements, Rb, Sr, Mo, Sb, Cs,TI, and Bi at ng g-1 levels in geological reference materials by magnetic sector ICP-MS after HF/HCIO4 high pressure digestion; Geostandards Newsletter
Determination of Scandium, Yttrium and Rare Earth Elements in Rocks by High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry; Geostandards Newsletter
Determination of trace labile copper in environmental waters by magnetic nanoparticle solid phase extraction and high-performance chelation ion chromatography; Talanta
Determination of trace metals in Antarctic snow and ice by high resolution ICP-MS; XXX Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale
Determination of vanadium as 4-(2-pyridylazo)resorcinol-hydrogen peroxide ternary complexes by ion-interaction reversed-phase liquid chromatography; Journal of Chromatography A
Determining the History and Sources of Contaminants in Sediments in the Tamar Estuary, Tasmania, Australia, using 210Pb Dating and Stable Pb Isotope Analyses; Interact 2004
Determining the history and sources of contaminants in the Tamar Estuary, Tasmania, Australia, using 210Pb dating and stable Pb isotope analyses; Environmental Chemistry
Different processes drive biogeochemical iron budgets in the subantarctic and polar Southern Ocean; 2nd International Forum on the Sub-Antarctic (IFSA), Environmental Change in the Sub-Antarctic
Different processes drive biogeochemical iron budgets in the subantarctic and polar Southern Ocean; Gordon Research Conference: Polar Marine Science-Beyond IPY
Direct determination of transition metals in mussel tissue digests using high-performance chelation ion chromatography with monolithic silica based chelating ion exchangers; Analytical Methods
Direct electrokinetic injection of inorganic cations from whole fruits and vegetables for capillary electrophoresis analysis; Journal of Chromatography A
Direct sector field ICP-MS determination of metal impurities in detonation nanodiamond; Carbon
Dissolved and Particulate Metals Distribution in Antarctic Sea Ice and their Role in Tracing Iron Sources; AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting 2010
Dissolved and particulate trace metals in the vicinity of the Kerguelen Islands, Southern Ocean, during the KEOPS2 experiment; ASLO 2013 Aquatic Sciences Meeting
Distribution of dissolved and particulate metals in Antarctic sea ice; Marine Chemistry: An International Journal for Studies of All Chemical Aspects of The Marine Environment
Distributions of dissolved and particulate iron in the sub-Antarctic and Polar Frontal Southern Ocean (Australian sector); Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Early Experience with Australia's First High Resolution ICP-MS; 4th Australasian Symposium Applied ICP Mass Spectrometry
Effect of vanadium on plant growth and its accumulation in plant tissues; Songklanakarin Journal of Science and Technology
Enhanced sensitivity for Os isotope ratios by magnetic sector ICP-MS with a capacitive decoupling Pt guard electrode; Fresenius J Anal Chem
Environmental applications from the south using Sector Field ICP-MS; RACI R&D Topics Conference
Environmental applications using sector field ICP-MS; 2012APWC - Asia Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Environmental monitoring of coastal Antarctica for metal pollutants using magnetic sector ICP-MS; Third Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Export production in the New-Zealand region since the Last Glacial Maximum; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Fractional iron solubility of atmospheric iron inputs to the Southern Ocean; Marine Chemistry
High variability in dissolved iron concentrations in the vicinity of the Kerguelen Islands (Southern Ocean); Biogeosciences
Historical lead isotope record of a sediment core from the Derwent River (Tasmania, Australia): A multiple source environment; The Science of The Total Environment
Improved methodology for the microwave digestion of carbonate-rich environmental samples; International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Increased catalytic activity of cationic palladium(II) complexes on immobilisation in Nafion-H+; Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Increased selenium concentrations in seronorm trace elements serum; Clinical Chemistry
Iron biogeochemistry in Antarctic pack ice during SIPEX-2; Deep-Sea Research II
Iron budgets for three distinct biogeochemical sites around the Kerguelen Archipelago (Southern Ocean) during the natural fertilisation study, KEOPS-2; Biogeosciences
Iron Whales
Lead Isotope record of human impact in Antarctic coastal sediment cores: A comparison between 1M HCl partial extraction and HF total digestion sample pre-treatments; 8th International Sector Field ICP-MS Conference
Lead isotopic signatures in Antarctic marine sediment cores: A comparison between 1 M HCl partial extraction and HF total digestion pre-treatments for discerning anthropogenic inputs; The Science of The Total Environment
Long-term acid-generating and metal leaching potential of a sub-Arctic oil shale; Minerals
Measurement of Trace Elements in Marine Environmental Samples using Solution ICPMS, Current and Future Applications; Australian Journal of Chemistry
Mechanisms of arsenic attenuation in acid mine drainage from Mount Bischoff, western Tasmania; Science of the Total Environment
Microbial life at -13 °C in the brine of an ice-sealed Antarctic lake; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Microwave-assisted purification of detonation nanodiamond; Diamond and Related Materials
Mobility of arsenic and environmentally significant elements in mine tailings following liming; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Modern sampling and analytical methods for the determination of trace elements in marine particulate material using magnetic sector inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry; Analytica Chimica Acta
Modern sampling and analytical methods for the determination of trace elements in marine samples using sector field ICP-MS; 18th RACI Research and Development Topics Conference in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
Multiple Pb sources in marine sediments near the Australian Antarctic Station, Casey; Science of the Total Environment
On-line preconcentration and sample clean-up system for the determination of vanadium as a 4-(2-pyridylazo) resorcinol-hydrogen peroxide ternary complex in plant tissues by ion-interaction high performance liquid chromatography; Analytica Chimica Acta
Precise and Accurate Pb Isotope Ratios in Geological Samples by Sector Field ICP-MS; 5th Australasian Symposium Applied ICP Mass Spectrometry
Precise lead isotope ratios in Australian galena samples by high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry; Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
Radionuclide and stable isotope analysis; Second Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Resolving the Pathways of Metals after Sediment Resuspension in Waters of a Polluted Estuary; 8th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements
Science meets Parliament 2003
Screening of elemental impurities in commercial detonation nanodiamond using sector field inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry; Journal of Materials Science
Seawater temperature effect on metal accumulation and toxicity in the subantarctic Macquarie Island isopod, Exosphaeroma gigas; Aquatic Toxicology
Sediment profile characterisation at contaminated and reference locations in the Windmill Islands, East Antarctica; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Selenium status in Southern Tasmania; European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Selenoprotein P analysis in human plasma - A discrepancy between HPLC fractionation of human plasma with heparin-affinity chromatography and SDS-PAGE with immunoblot analysis; Biological Trace Element Research
Size fractionation of iron, manganese and aluminium in Antarctic fast ice reveals a lithogenic origin and low iron solubility; Ocean Sciences Meeting
Size fractionation of iron, manganese and aluminium in Antarctic fast ice reveals a lithogenic origin and low iron solubility; Marine Chemistry
Size fractionation of particulate metals during a time series in East Antarctic fast ice; EGU General Assembly
Sourcing the iron in the naturally fertilised bloom around the Kerguelen Plateau: particulate trace metal dynamics; Biogeosciences
Techniques for the determination of trace elements in size-fractionated southern ocean particulate material using magnetic sector ICP-MS; Interact 2004
The development of ICP-MS continues - High Resolution capability; Chemistry in Australia
The accurate determination of the first row transition metals in water, urine, plant, tissue and rock samples by sector field ICP-MS; Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
The analysis of contaminated sites near Casey Station, East Antarctica - Pb isotope ratios determined by magnetic sector ICP-MS; Interact 2002
The analysis of glass frictionators from 0.22 calibre ammunition by ICP-AES; 21st International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences
The Application of ICP-SMS, GF-AAS and HG-AFS to the Analysis of Water & Sediment Samples from a Temperate Stratified Estuary; European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
The application of ICP-SMS, GF-AAS and HG-AFS to the analysis of water and sediment samples from a temperate stratified estuary; Journal of Environmental Monitoring
The application of lead isotope ratios in the Antarctic macroalga Iridaea cordata as a contaminant monitoring tool; Marine Pollution Bulletin
The determination of arsenic and selenium in standard reference materials using sector field ICP-MS in high resolution mode; Fresenius J Anal Chem
The Determination of As and Se in standard reference materials using sector field ICP-MS in high resolution mode; 6th Annual Research & Development Topics
The determination of copper, zinc, cadium and lead in urine by high resolution ICP-MS; European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
The determination of copper, zinc, cadmium and lead in urine by high resolution ICP-MS; Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
The Determination of Selenium in Human Plasma by Magnetic Sector ICP-MS; Interact 2004
The determination of trace elements in size-fractionated marine particles using magnetic sector ICP-MS; The 4th Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
The identification of multiple Pb sources in marine sediments near the Australian Antarctic Station, Casey, using Pb isotope ratio analysis; Second Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
The role of bacterial and algal exopolymeric substances in iron chemistry; Marine Chemistry
The use of Pb isotope ratios determined by magnetic sector ICP-MS for tracing Pb pollution in marine sediments near Casey Station, East Antarctica; Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
The use of Pb isotope ratios determined by magnetic sector ICP-MS to elucidate Pb sources in Tasmanian river sediments; Second Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
The use of Pb isotpe ratios determined by magnetic sector ICP-MS for tracing pollution near Casey Station, East Antarctica; Contaminants in Freezing Ground
The use of yttrium oxide and the effect of faecal collection timing for determining the apparent digestibility of minerals and trace elements on Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar, L.) feeds; Aquaculture Nutrition
Three examples of peer learning circles run as part of the 2013 project; Teaching Matters
Trace metal characterisation of marine sediment reference materials MESS-3 and PACS-2 in dilute HCl extracts; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Trace metal characterisation of the Antarctic Gammaridean Amphipod Paramoera walkeri using magnetic sector ICP-MS; Second Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Trace metals (Fe, Mn, Co, Cu, Pb, Cd, Ni) analysis in open ocean samples using sector field ICP-MS; 2012APWC - Asia Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Tracing lead in the marine environment; IAEA Scientific Forum: The Blue Planet - Nuclear Applications for a Sustainable Marine Environment
Ultratrace analysis of Antarctic snow and ice samples using high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry; Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
Understanding the variability in the iron concentration of Antarctic krill; Limnology and Oceanography

Research Projects

Application of Lead Isotope Ratios for Identifying and Quantifying Lead Inputs in a Complex Marine Environment with Multiple Inputs; Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering (AINSE)
Characterization of Metal Contaminants in Antarctic Sediments; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Developing Water and Sediment Quality Guidelines for Antarctica: Responses of Antarctic Marine Biota to Contaminants; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Development of environmental risk assessment and remediation guidelines for Antarctic and subantarctic marine and terrestrial environments; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Esk Catchment Sediment Source Chemical Fingerprinting Study; The Northern Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Assoc Inc. (NRMNORTH)
Fourth Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Chemistry (2010 APWC) - China; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Implementation of an automated sample extraction and preconcentration system with off line sector field ICP; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Iron Composition of Natural Southern Ocean Phytoplankton Assemblages: Implications for Carbon Transfer to the Deep Sea; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Novel Analytical Technologies Using High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry for the Rapid and Accurate Determination of Biologically-important Trace Elements in Seawater; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
PACIFICHEM 2015; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Purchase of a State of the art High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Tasmania: a selenium-deficient state?; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
The Use of Pb Isotope Ratios for Tracing Anthropogenic Pb in Benthic Macroalgae Near Casey Station; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Third Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, Tsukuba, Japan; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Ultra Trace Analysis of Snow- Stage1
RSC Journals Grants for International Authors

Research Candidate Supervision

Chemical Fingerprinting Sediment Sources in Complex Settings- Upper South Esk Catchment, Tasmania
Development and Application of Inductively Coupled Plasma-mass Spectrometic Techniques for the Precise measurement of Trace Elements and Lead Isotopic Compositions in Geological Materials
Manganese Distributions in the Southern Ocean and the Co-impact Mn-Fe-Cu on Phytoplankton
Ocean Deoxygenation, a Paleo Proxy Perspective
Studying the mechanistic reactions of hydrocarbons over combinations of catalysts, such as zeolites and metal ores
The impact of hydrothermal vents on trace metal biogeochemistry in the Southern Ocean. Locate HVs in the Heard Island region, quantify trace metal inputs and determine impacts on surface biological productivity