Dr Simon Apte: helping Australia better manage its valuable water ecosystems
Dr Simon Apte leads a multi-disciplinary research program that is improving the management of Australia’s water ecosystems.
20 October 2008 | Updated 25 July 2013
Dr Simon Apte is a Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Land and Water where he leads the Contaminant Chemistry and Ecotoxicology research program.
Dr Apte’s research focuses on the analysis of trace metals and the links between trace metal speciation and bioavailability. This involves the application of specialist analytical techniques to measure ultratrace concentrations of trace metal species in environmental samples.
Much of this work is directed to understanding the impacts of mining on aquatic environments and the impacts of metals in marine systems.
His recent research has covered the issues around nanomaterial fate, transport and toxicity in aquatic systems.
Dr Apte’s research focuses on the analysis of trace metals and the links between trace metal speciation and bioavailability.
Dr Simon Apte joined CSIRO Land and Water in 2006 to lead the Contaminant Chemistry and Ecotoxicology research program. He also led CSIRO's Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research from 2007 to 2009 and was acting theme leader of CSIRO's Healthy Water Ecosystems Theme from 2009 to 2010.
Prior to that, Dr Apte was a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Stream Leader with CSIRO's Energy Technology division from 1990 to 2007.
Before joining CSIRO, Dr Apte was a Research Scientist in the Environmental Chemistry Group, Water Research Centre in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1985 to 1990.
He was Lecturer in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, Department of Applied Sciences, University of Technology, Papua New Guinea from 1989 to 1990.
Dr Apte has been awarded a:
- Bachelor of Science, with Honours, Environmental Science, from the University of Southampton, UK, 1980
- Doctor of Philosophy, Analytical Chemistry also from the University of Southampton, 1985.
Dr Apte is author of over 70 journal articles as well as numerous conference papers and technical reports.
He is the recipient of:
- Best feature article in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, 2012
- Royal Australian Chemical Institute Environment Medal, 2010
- CSIRO Land and Water Publication Award, 2008
- Australian Water and Wastewater Association's Guy Parker Prize for the best paper published in the AWWA journal Water in 1992-93 (with G. Batley).
Dr Apte is a:
- Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
- Member of the Society for Ecotoxicology and Chemistry
- Member of the American Geophysical Union
- Member of the Geochemical Society.
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