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Dr Jason Kirby

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Dr Jason Kirby is a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO with 15 year’s experience in environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology. He leads research projects in the Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology team in the Environmental Contaminant Mitigation & Biotechnology Program (Land and Water BU); he was the research coordinator for CSIRO’s Nanosafety Research Program (Manufacturing BU) and currently coordinates CSIRO’s research in sustainable mining through improved environmental performance (Minesite Environmental Management Group, Mineral Resources BU). His research integrates diverse aspects of environment chemistry and ecotoxicology to determine the fate and assess environmental risk posed by pollutants, especially emerging contaminants such as manufactured nanomaterials and microplastics in aquatic and terrestrial environments. His research has impact through government agencies, industry, and community; for example through embodiment of his science in regulation, through industries social license to operate, freedom of industry to develop innovative and emerging technologies, and companies to manufacture and import/export safe products and goods.

Current Roles

  • Project coordinator
    OD-208594 MEM Impact & Science Strategy

  • Water Quality Team Leader
    OD-209557 Geological and Bioregional Assessment

  • Science Leader
    OD-205043 Ayeyarwady Basin Water Pollution Assessment

  • Project Leader
    OD-208650 Origin verification of wines

  • Project Leader
    OD-200680 Microplastics in mixed waste organic outputs

  • Science Leader
    OD-200263 Impacts of mine-derived sulfur on water quality

Academic Qualifications

  • 2005

    Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Chemistry
    University of Canberra

  • 2002

    Masters of Environmental Science (conversion)
    University of Canberra

  • 1997

    Graduate Diploma of Environmental Science
    University of Canberra

  • 1993

    Bachelor of Science
    Charles Sturt University, NSW

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-present

    Principal Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water BU

  • 2015-Present

    Research Coordinator Minesite Environmental Management
    CSIRO Mineral Resources BU

  • 2011-2016

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water BU

  • 2013-2015

    Research Ccoordinator Nanosafety Program
    CSIRO Manufacturing BU

  • 2005-2010

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water BU

Other highlights

  • 2015-Present

    International advisory board for the European Union Horizon 2020 project titled NanoFASE

  • 2013-Present

    Standards Australia, NT-001 Nanotechnology committee

  • 2013-2015

    Advisory board for the European Union project QulaityNano

  • 2012-2015

    Invited member of the Nanotechnologies HSE Working Group through the National Enabling Technologies Strategy

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