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Jolley, Dianne F. Prof

Associate Dean (International) for Science Medicine and Health, and Environmental Chemist and Toxicologist

  • Centre for Medical and Molecular Bioscience
  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
  • School of Chemistry

Overview


Prof Dianne Jolley in an environmental chemist and toxicologist leading a dynamic research group which is investigating the assessment and prediction of toxicity. This research includes establishing field-based tools to assess the risk of contaminants in aquatic and agricultural systems; investigating the biological impacts of contaminants and using the outcomes to critically inform the science that underpins the water and sediment quality guidelines; and probing the mechanisms of contaminant toxicity and biomarkers to diagnose this toxicity.  Our research spans the tropics, temperate and polar regions in both freshwater/terrestrial and coastal marine systems. We have well-established collaborations with government and industry, including CSIRO Land and Water and the Australian Antarctic Division.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Our research has made significant impacts in the disciplines of analytical and environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology through exploring both applied and mechanistic aspects, with a goal to improve our ability to predict toxicity thresholds from contaminants in environmental systems. The applied research develops standardised protocols to assess the risk of chronic toxicity from environmental contaminants using indigenous organisms.  Our research has made major contributions by:

    • Establishing an in-situ tool as a first-tier hazard assessment of bioavailable metals in aquatic and terrestrial (agricultural soil) systems
    • Investigating the biological impacts of contaminants in aquatic systems and using this to critically informing the science that underpins Australia’s water and sediment quality guidelines
    • Providing quantitative data on the relative toxic effects of continuous versus pulse contaminant releases to aquatic systems on Australian benthic invertebrates and subsequent organism avoidance of contaminated sediments
    • Unraveling the mechanisms of metal toxicity in marine microalgae (tropical, temperate and polar) providing significant advances in our understanding of the biochemical mechanism that underpin the toxicity of metals within the cells, which will ultimately allow us to better predict when toxicity will occur

    Our most significant contributions to research are in the disciplines of analytical and environmental chemistry and aquatic ecotoxicology, with multiple international (e.g., France, UK, Spain) and national (academic, industrial and government) collaborators. 

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The Mobility and availability of metalloids on Physiological properties of agricultural plants Egodawatta, Lakmini
    Doctor of Philosophy Bioavailability & toxicity of Ni to marine biotas Gillmore, Megan
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Fate, transformations and toxicity of nanoparticles in the aquatic environment. Knowles, Brett
    Doctor of Philosophy Influence of Australian dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on metal toxicity in freshwater Macoustra, Gabriella
    Doctor of Philosophy Improving the Environmental Relevance of Pprocedures for Assessment of Short-Term Effluent Discharges to Aquatic Environments Stone, Sarah

Outreach Overview


    • President, the Australasian Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2013-15)
    • Decadal Plan for Chemistry working group, an initiative of the Australian Academy of Science and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
    • Director of the multidisciplinary EcoAntarctic Global Challenge program which is in its inaugural year at the University of Wollongong
    • Chair, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Environmental and Analytical Division (2011-2013)
    • Science Technology Australia Board Member, National Chemistry Cluster rep (2013- current)
    • Editorial Board, journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2013- current)
    • Funding application reviewer (e.g., Australian Research Council, Australian Antarctic Division, and NSW Environmental Trust), and PhD thesis reviewer (internationally and nationally)

Mailing Address


  • School of Chemistry

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • D-1597-2009

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Our research has made significant impacts in the disciplines of analytical and environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology through exploring both applied and mechanistic aspects, with a goal to improve our ability to predict toxicity thresholds from contaminants in environmental systems. The applied research develops standardised protocols to assess the risk of chronic toxicity from environmental contaminants using indigenous organisms.  Our research has made major contributions by:

    • Establishing an in-situ tool as a first-tier hazard assessment of bioavailable metals in aquatic and terrestrial (agricultural soil) systems
    • Investigating the biological impacts of contaminants in aquatic systems and using this to critically informing the science that underpins Australia’s water and sediment quality guidelines
    • Providing quantitative data on the relative toxic effects of continuous versus pulse contaminant releases to aquatic systems on Australian benthic invertebrates and subsequent organism avoidance of contaminated sediments
    • Unraveling the mechanisms of metal toxicity in marine microalgae (tropical, temperate and polar) providing significant advances in our understanding of the biochemical mechanism that underpin the toxicity of metals within the cells, which will ultimately allow us to better predict when toxicity will occur

    Our most significant contributions to research are in the disciplines of analytical and environmental chemistry and aquatic ecotoxicology, with multiple international (e.g., France, UK, Spain) and national (academic, industrial and government) collaborators. 

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The Mobility and availability of metalloids on Physiological properties of agricultural plants Egodawatta, Lakmini
    Doctor of Philosophy Bioavailability & toxicity of Ni to marine biotas Gillmore, Megan
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Fate, transformations and toxicity of nanoparticles in the aquatic environment. Knowles, Brett
    Doctor of Philosophy Influence of Australian dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on metal toxicity in freshwater Macoustra, Gabriella
    Doctor of Philosophy Improving the Environmental Relevance of Pprocedures for Assessment of Short-Term Effluent Discharges to Aquatic Environments Stone, Sarah

Outreach Overview


    • President, the Australasian Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2013-15)
    • Decadal Plan for Chemistry working group, an initiative of the Australian Academy of Science and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
    • Director of the multidisciplinary EcoAntarctic Global Challenge program which is in its inaugural year at the University of Wollongong
    • Chair, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Environmental and Analytical Division (2011-2013)
    • Science Technology Australia Board Member, National Chemistry Cluster rep (2013- current)
    • Editorial Board, journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2013- current)
    • Funding application reviewer (e.g., Australian Research Council, Australian Antarctic Division, and NSW Environmental Trust), and PhD thesis reviewer (internationally and nationally)

Mailing Address


  • School of Chemistry

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • D-1597-2009