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Dr Divina Angela Navarro

Senior Research Scientist


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Dr. Divina Navarro is a Research Scientist at CSIRO Environment and an Affiliate at the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food & Wine. She has over 12 years of experience as an environmental analytical chemist with research interests on the fundamental and applied aspects of environmental contaminants. Her work aims to advance the understanding of contaminant fate and behaviour as well as develop scalable solutions for characterisation, management and remediation of contaminated environments.

At CSIRO, she collaborates with a multidisciplinary team comprising soil scientists, chemists, ecotoxicologists and engineers, to deliver projects of significant importance to the Australian government and industry. She has led several projects that have helped advance the regulatory management of chemicals in Australia – developing the national guidance for assessing the environmental risk of nanomaterials in agriculture and veterinary medicine and select reports used in the revision of Australia's PFAS contamination management guidance (PFAS NEMP 3.0).

Currently, her research is focussed on investigating PFAS fate in the vadose zone, and developing treatment methods using sorbents and floating wetlands. She is also contributing to projects characterising chemicals of concern in current and emerging wastes.

Other Interests

Apart from research, Divina is passionate about student mentoring and engaging with the local community. She has supervised over 10 postgraduate students and have hosted work experience students. She is also a regular volunteer in local events such as Science Alive and STEM Professionals in Schools.

Current Roles

  • Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Environment

Academic Qualifications

  • 2011

    Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
    University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

  • 2003

    Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
    University of the Philippines - Los Banos

Professional Experiences

  • 2018-2023

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2015-2018

    Lecturer B (on Secondment)
    The University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

  • 2011-2015

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2003-2006

    Instructor - Chemistry
    University of the Philippines

Achievements and Awards

  • 2017--

    Ruby Payne Scott Award

  • 2016--

    Visiting Researcher
    University of the Philippines-Office of International Linkages COOPERATE Program

  • 2011--

    Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry
    American Chemical Society

  • 2010--

    C. Ellen Gonter Environmental Chemistry Award
    American Chemical Society

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2015-2018

    SETAC Nanotechnology Interest Group Steering Committee

  • 2015-2018

    SSSA South Australian Branch Committee Member

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