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Associate Professor Phillip Geary

Associate Professor

School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Environmental Science and Management)

Career Summary

Biography

Phillip is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at The University of Newcastle, Australia. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Newcastle and a PhD from the University of Western Sydney. Phillip has taught Environmental Science at The University of Newcastle since 1990 and is currently Assistant Dean, International for the Faculty of Science & Information Technology. Phillip’s research interests include the design and performance of small-scale on-site wastewater systems, including constructed wetlands, mounds and sand filters. His current specific interests are in tracking the fate of contaminants from human and agricultural waste sources in soil and groundwater systems. As well as University teaching, Phillip undertakes consulting assignments associated with wastewater, and has also been involved in developing Short Courses dealing with small wastewater systems and land application.

Research Expertise
My research field deals with the environmental impacts associated with the treatment and disposal of domestic and agricultural wastewaters and the movement and fate of contaminants in soils and groundwaters. I have also been involved in research into the performance of small-scale treatment systems such as sand filters and constructed wetland systems and have undertaken research examining the cumulative impact of these systems to surface and groundwater quality in catchments and estuaries. I have undertaken work on a variety of microbiological and chemical contaminant source tracking techniques. The chemical techniques include the use of optical brighteners (fluorescent whitening agents), fluorescein, lithium and bromide as added tracers, as well as analysis of faecal sterols in environmental waters to distinguish between human and animal sources of contamination. Work has been undertaken in unsewered catchments with particular application to receiving water quality in surface and groundwaters, as well as estuaries which are used for aquaculture. My research interests are summarised below: --Environmental impacts associated with the on-site treatment and disposal of domestic and agricultural wastewaters, and stormwaters --Movement and fate of contaminants in soils and groundwaters --Performance of small-scale treatment systems such as sand filters and constructed wetland systems --Effluent transport through vadose zone and tracer applications --Microbial/pathogen source tracking in catchments.

Teaching Expertise
I have been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses at this University for 24 years. My teaching in environmental science reflects my interdisciplinary background and the courses I teach are enhanced by my practical experiences, my past research and professional practice. In addition to my University teaching, I have developed, and regularly contribute to, a training course dealing with On-Site Domestic Wastewater Management. This course has been run many times throughout Australia and New Zealand and is widely recognised as an industry standard.

Administrative Expertise
1990 Lecturer in Environmental Science, The University of Newcastle, NSW 1999 Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, 2006 Head of Discipline of Earth Sciences, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, 2008 Associate Professor in Environmental Science, School of Environmental and Life Sciences 2011 Assistant Dean, International, Faculty of Science & Information Technology, The University of Newcastle, NSW.

Collaborations
Phillip's research focus has been in examining the impacts to soil, groundwater and surface water from the application of human and agricultural wastes to land. In particular he has been involved in studying different types of treatment systems and the fate of contaminants from these waste sources using a range of hydrological, geochemical and microbial tracing techniques. He is part of a research team in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences and is currently convenor of the Environmental Water Science Research Group.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Western Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Science, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • constructed wetlands
  • contamination
  • earth science
  • environmental science
  • groundwater
  • hydrology
  • pollutant source tracking
  • soil science
  • wastewater
  • water quality

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
040399Geology not elsewhere classified30
050299Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified40
090799Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
22/08/2009 - 22/08/2009Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
1/10/2007 - 31/10/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia
22/09/2007 - 22/09/2007Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
1/02/2006 - 31/12/2006Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
2/06/2015 - 2/07/2015Academic University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2000Whitehead JH, Geary PM, Kidd RW, Advances in Environmental Management in the Hunter Region, Conference Publications, Springwood, NSW, 253 (2000) [A1]

Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2000Paradice WEJ, Geary PM, 'Water and Wastewater Systems', Advances in Environmental Management in the Hunter Region, Conference Publications, Springwood, NSW 1-24 (2000) [B1]
2000Geary PM, Loughran RJ, Timms BV, 'Rivers, lakes and wetlands', Journeys: The making of the Hunter Valley, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, Australia 67-87 (2000) [B1]

Journal article (30 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Geary PM, Su DX, Lucas SA, 'The Influence of Coastal Site Conditions on Subsurface Effluent Transport in Groundwater', International Journal of Civil Engineering and Building Materials, 3 10-18 (2013) [C1]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2013Asquith EA, Evans CA, Geary PM, Dunstan RH, Cole B, 'The role of Actinobacteria in taste and odour episodes involving geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol in aquatic environments', Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology - AQUA, 62 452-467 (2013) [C1]

The secondary metabolites geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol (2-MIB) provide soil with its characteristic earthy-musty odour, being notably produced by the abundant spore-forming fila... [more]

The secondary metabolites geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol (2-MIB) provide soil with its characteristic earthy-musty odour, being notably produced by the abundant spore-forming filamentous bacterial genus Streptomyces, among other Actinobacteria. Taste and odour (T&O) problems attributed to these compounds affect drinking water supplies worldwide, often occurring sporadically and untraced to their biological origins. A number of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms are recognised geosmin and 2-MIB producers in aquatic environments. However, the focus of this paper is to assess the potential contribution of Actinobacteria to this water quality issue. To date, the aquatic ecology of these bacteria remains poorly understood and debate surrounds whether they exist solely as dormant spores of terrestrial origin or are capable of growing and biosynthesising these odourous compounds in aquatic environments. The Actinobacteria which are known to produce geosmin and 2-MIB are identified and a critical assessment of habitats within aquatic environments in which they may be metabolically active residents and thus potential sources of T&O is provided. Current understandings of the chemical ecology and biosynthetic pathways of geosmin and 2-MIB, as well as the conditions under which these secondary metabolites are produced by Streptomyces, are reviewed. © IWA Publishing 2013.

DOI10.2166/aqua.2013.055
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2012Asquith EA, Geary PM, Nolan AL, Evans CA, 'Comparative bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated soil by biostimulation, bioaugmentation and surfactant addition', Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering A, 1 637-650 (2012) [C1]
2011Geary PM, Whitehead JH, 'Water quality impacts on estuarine aquaculture: A review', Water, 38 74-76 (2011) [C3]
2009Mendez H, Geary PM, Dunstan RH, 'Surface wetlands for the treatment of pathogens in stormwater: Three case studies at Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia', Water Science and Technology, 60 1257-1263 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.2166/wst.2009.470
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2009Whitehead JH, Geary PM, 'Sand mounds for effective domestic effluent management', Water, 36 80-90 (2009) [C1]
2008Shah VG, Dunstan RH, Geary PM, Coombes P, Roberts T, Von Nagy-Felsobuki E, 'Evaluating potential applications of faecal sterols in distinguishing sources of faecal contamination from mixed faecal samples (vol 41, pg 16, 2007)', WATER RESEARCH, 42 1324-1324 (2008) [C3]
DOI10.1016/i.watres.2007.09.021Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsTim Roberts, Hugh Dunstan
2007Shah V, Dunstan RH, Geary PM, Coombes PJ, Roberts TK, Von Nagy-Felsobuki EI, 'Evaluating potential applications of faecal sterols in distinguishing sources of faecal contamination from mixed faecal samples', Water Research, 41 3691-3700 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.watres.2007.04.006
CitationsScopus - 34Web of Science - 29
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan, Tim Roberts, Ellak
2007Shah V, Dunstan RH, Geary PM, Coombes PJ, Roberts TK, Rothkirch TB, 'Bacterial source tracking from diverse land use catchments by sterol ratios', Water Research, 41 3667-3674 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.watres.2007.02.050
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsTony Rothkirch, Tim Roberts, Hugh Dunstan
2007Shah V, Dunstan RH, Geary PM, Coombes PJ, Roberts TK, Rothkirch TB, 'Comparisons of water quality parameters from diverse catchments during dry periods and following rain events', Water Research, 41 3655-3666 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.watres.2007.02.052
CitationsScopus - 28Web of Science - 19
Co-authorsTony Rothkirch, Tim Roberts, Hugh Dunstan
2006Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Hardy MJ, Geary PM, 'Rainwater harvesting: Revealing the detail', Water, 33 89-94 (2006)

The Probabilistic Urban Rainfall and wastewater Reuse Simulator (PURRS v7.2), the Model for Urban Stormwater Improvement Conceptualisation (MUSIC v3) and Spreadsheet modelling too... [more]

The Probabilistic Urban Rainfall and wastewater Reuse Simulator (PURRS v7.2), the Model for Urban Stormwater Improvement Conceptualisation (MUSIC v3) and Spreadsheet modelling tools were compared for evaluating rainwater harvesting strategies. Input data included climate files, suggested water demands and time-steps. Models were run with climate data of unequal duration and time-step, which highlighted significant differences between modelled outcomes. Using climate data of equal duration still resulted in major differences. The reasons for these differences are explained as a function of the duration and time-step of climate data, the time-step and diurnal patterns of indoor/outdoor water demand and tank configuration. Results imply that the length and time-step of climate inputs, the distribution and time-step of daily water demand and rainwater tank configuration are significant factors in robustly evaluating mains water savings for a range of Australian climates.

CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2006Geary PM, Shah V, Dunstan RH, Coombes PJ, Rothkirch TB, 'Tracing faecal contributions from on-site wastewater systems', Water, 33 48-51 (2006) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 4
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan, Tony Rothkirch
2006Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Hardy MJ, Geary PM, 'Rainwater Harvesting: Revealing the Detail', Water Journal of the Australian Water Association, 33 50-55 (2006) [C1]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2005Whitehead JH, Geary PM, 'Geotechnical challenges for on-site wastewater management in the Hunter Region', Australian Geomechanics, 40 31-42 (2005) [C1]
2005Geary PM, Stafford DJ, Whitehead JH, 'On-Site Domestic Wastewater Treatment and Reuse', BEDP Environment Design Guide, 1-12 (2005) [C3]
2003Geary PM, Davies CM, 'Bacterial source tracking and shellfish contamination in a coastal catchment', Water Science and Technology, 47 95-100 (2003) [C1]
2003Geary P, Saunders M, Waters D, 'Stormwater runoff treatment using constructed wetlands', Water, 30 55-60 (2003)

This paper reports on the performance of two urban stormwater management systems which incorporate constructed wetland systems in the treatment train. The stormwater runoff is tre... [more]

This paper reports on the performance of two urban stormwater management systems which incorporate constructed wetland systems in the treatment train. The stormwater runoff is treated prior to its discharge to different estuarine lake systems located on the NSW Central Coast. At Croudace Bay on Lake Macquarie, the system incorporated a surface flow constructed wetland, while at Blue Haven near Wyong, a sub-surface flow constructed wetland was incorporated into the stormwater management system. In each case the local authority was responsible for the design, construction and management of their stormwater treatment system. The removal of pollutants in stormwater runoff was monitored by two Bachelor of Environmental Science Honours students from the University of Newcastle.

CitationsScopus - 1
2003Geary PM, Saunders M, Waters D, 'Stormwater Runoff Treatment using Constructed Wetlands', Water, - 60-64 (2003) [C1]
2001Kim S-Y, Geary PM, 'The impact of biomass harvesting on phosphorus uptake by wetland plants', Water Science and Technology, 44 - no.11 61-67 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 35Web of Science - 22
2000Whitehead JH, Geary PM, 'Geotechnical aspects of domestic on-site effluent management systems', Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 47 75-82 (2000) [C1]
DOI10.1046/j.1440-0952.2000.00769.x
CitationsScopus - 21Web of Science - 15
1999Geary PM, Moore JA, 'Suitability of a treatment wetland for dairy wastewaters', WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 40 179-185 (1999)
DOI10.1016/S0273-1223(99)00464-3Author URL
CitationsScopus - 33Web of Science - 27
1998Geary PM, Whitehead J, Patterson R, 'Skills to Assess the Suitability of Sites for On-Site Wastewater Disposal', ACLEP - Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program Newsletter, 7, 2 20-21 (1998) [C3]
1998Geary PM, 'Domestic Wastewater - Treatment and Re-use', The Royal Australian Institute of Architects Environment Design Guide, DES 24 1-8 (1998) [C2]
1997Gardner T, Geary P, Gordon I, 'Ecological sustainability and on-site effluent treatment systems', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 4 144-156 (1997)

In non-sewered urban and rural residential developments, domestic wastewaters are treated and disposed of on-site. Surveys indicate that the performance of domestic systems needs ... [more]

In non-sewered urban and rural residential developments, domestic wastewaters are treated and disposed of on-site. Surveys indicate that the performance of domestic systems needs to be significantly improved to overcome potential public health and nuisance problems caused by failing systems. Many current effluent disposal practices are clearly not sustainable according to the accepted definitions of ecological sustainability. It is essential that the on-site disposal of domestic effluent is considered as an integral part of the land development process. Individual soil and site assessment needs to be undertaken in the design and sizing of effluent disposal systems. An important implication from the consideration of land capability criteria for on-site effluent disposal is that individual lot sizes will need to be larger in future developments of this nature.

DOI10.1080/14486563.1997.10648378
CitationsScopus - 15
1993GEARY PM, 'EVALUATION OF ON-SITE DISPOSAL OPTIONS', WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 27 59-62 (1993)
Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
1985ERSKINE WD, GEARY PM, OUTHET DN, 'POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF SAND AND GRAVEL EXTRACTION ON THE HUNTER RIVER, NEW-SOUTH-WALES', AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHICAL STUDIES, 23 71-86 (1985)
DOI10.1111/j.1467-8470.1985.tb00479.xAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 13
1984Geary PM, Erskine W, 'Sediment transport and channel changes in the Hunter River since European settlement. (1984)

Discusses cross sectional changes at 12 sites on the Hunter River and their probable causes. Bridge sites were used as long term data were available there. Results do indicate tha... [more]

Discusses cross sectional changes at 12 sites on the Hunter River and their probable causes. Bridge sites were used as long term data were available there. Results do indicate that these sites are more stable than neighbouring reaches. On the Lower Hunter River, all sites show aggradation (up to 4 m) most evident since 1949/1955. Substantial river bank erosion and lateral migration occurred on the Upper Hunter River between 1946 and 1955. Examines effects of human activities, rainfall changes, climatic variations and direct river engineering works. (C.J.U.)

1981GEARY PM, 'SEDIMENT AND SOLUTE TRANSPORT IN A REPRESENTATIVE BASIN', AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHICAL STUDIES, 19 161-176 (1981)
DOI10.1111/j.1467-8470.1981.tb00384.xAuthor URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 3
1981Geary PM, 'Sediment and solute transport in a representative basin ( Deep Creek, Cesnock, NSW).', Australian Geographical Studies, 19 161-176 (1981)

Suspended sediment and total dissolved material concentrations in stream flow were studied in Deep Creek Representative Basin near Cesnock, N.S.W. between April 1976 and June 1977... [more]

Suspended sediment and total dissolved material concentrations in stream flow were studied in Deep Creek Representative Basin near Cesnock, N.S.W. between April 1976 and June 1977. Sediment and solute transport rates were calculated at two gauging stations for individual flood events and low flow periods using the hourly hydrograph record, stage/season concentration-discharge relationships and calculated rating curves. Limitations in the use of the rating curve suggest that during flood hydrographs of long return period, calculated transport rates may be in error. -from Author

CitationsScopus - 2
1981Geary PM, 'Sediments and solutes in a representative basin ( Deep Creek, New South Wales, Australia).', Sediments and solutes in a representative basin ( Deep Creek, New South Wales, Australia)., (1981)

The spatial and temporal variation in the concentration of suspended sediment, total dissolved material and the major cationic constituents was studied. An attempt has been made t... [more]

The spatial and temporal variation in the concentration of suspended sediment, total dissolved material and the major cationic constituents was studied. An attempt has been made to identify the major factors responsible for the measured concentration variation in Deep Creek Representative Basin, NSW. As well, the transport rates of sediments and solutes at 2 sites within the catchment were calculated. The major component of suspended and dissolved material concentration variation was associated with variations in stream discharge. -from Authors Dept of Geography, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia. English

CitationsScopus - 2
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Conference (57 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Geary PM, Evans CA, Kable J, Maswabi M, 'The Use of Fluorescent Whitening Compounds as Signals of Human Sourced Contamination', Proceedings 9th International Conference on Molluscan Shellfish Safety, Sydney (2013) [E2]
2012Su D-X, Geary PM, Lucas SA, 'Effluent transport in shallow groundwater from a domestic wastewater system', Australian Water Association Small Water & Wastewater Systems National Conference, Newcastle, NSW (2012) [E2]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2012Geary PM, Evans CA, Kable J, 'Tracing wastewater sources in estuaries used for aquaculture', Australian Water Association Small Water & Wastewater Systems National Conference, Newcastle, NSW (2012) [E2]
2012Asquith EA, Geary PM, Nolan AL, 'Comparative bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated soil by biostimulation, bioaugmentation and surfactant addition', EcoForum 2012, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012Geary PM, Evans CA, Kable J, 'Contaminant source tracking in estuaries', New Zealand Land Treatment Collective 2012 Annual Conference. Programme, Abstracts and Field Tour Notes, Tauranga, NZ (2012) [E2]
2011Su D-X, Lucas SA, Geary PM, 'Effluent transport dynamics in shallow groundwater', Abstracts. International Conference on Integrated Water Management, Perth, WA (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2011Whitehead JH, Geary PM, Duerinckx S, 'Quantifying nutrient contribution to surface water and groundwater from large numbers of on-site systems in a sensitive coastal catchment', Abstracts. International Conference on Integrated Water Management, Perth, WA (2011) [E3]
2011Whitehead JH, Geary PM, 'Managing on-site wastewater management systems and their contribution to water quality in Gippsland, Australia', Conference Proceedings 10th Specialised Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems, Venice, Italy (2011) [E1]
2011Choden P, Geary PM, Whitehead JH, 'Leachate quality analysis and passive treatment options', Posters. ecoforum 2011 Conference & Exhibition, Sydney, NSW (2011) [E3]
2011Asquith EA, Geary PM, 'Comparative bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated soil by biostimulation, bioaugmentation and surfactant addition', Program and Proceedings. 4th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E2]
2011Whitehead JH, Geary PM, 'Modelling the predicted contaminant contribution of on-site wastewater management systems to surface and groundwater at Loch Sport in the Gippsland Lakes Victoria, Australia', Smallwat11: 3rd International Congress Wastewater in Small Communities, Seville, Spain (2011) [E2]
2011Geary PM, Whitehead JH, 'Wastewater from small communities and impacts to estuarine water quality used for aquaculture', Smallwat11: 3rd International Congress Wastewater in Small Communities, Seville, Spain (2011) [E2]
2010Lucas SA, Geary PM, 'Distinguishing wastewater contaminant sources in the environment', 2010 Annual Conference: Programme, Abstracts and Field Tour Notes. Managing Wastes in Rural and Agricultural Landscapes, Dunedin, NZ (2010) [E2]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2009Geary PM, Lucas SA, 'Domestic effluent management using on-site sand mounds', New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Proceedings for the 2009 Annual Conference: Recycling of Water, Taupo, NZ (2009) [E2]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2008Mendez H, Geary PM, Dunstan RH, 'Reduction of faecal coliforms in three constructed surface wetlands for stormwater treatment at Lake Macquarie, NSW', 2nd Australian Young Water Professionals Conference: Conference Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2008Mendez H, Geary PM, Dunstan RH, 'Surface wetlands for the treatment of pathogens in stormwater: Three case studies at Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia', Proceedings: 11th International Conference on Wetland Systems Technology in Water Pollution Control, Indore, India (2008) [E2]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2008Rogers Z, Geary PM, Lucas SA, 'An investigation of the sediment-capturing efficiency and management of selected gross pollutant traps in western Lake Macquarie, NSW', Stormwater '08: Delegate Workbook and Conference Papers, Surfers Paradise, QLD (2008) [E2]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2008Geary PM, Lucas SA, Weekes A, Horn K, 'Onsite wastewater treatment using sand mounds near Port Stephens, NSW', Proceedings of Onsite and Decentralised Sewerage & Recycling Conference: Coming Clean: Sustainable Backyards and Beyond!, Benalla, VIC (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2007Geary PM, Lucas SA, Dunstan RH, Coombes PJ, 'Distinguishing wastewater contamination from on-site systems in mixed land use watersheds', Individual and Small Community Sewage Systems XI, Proceedings of the Eleventh National Symposium, Rhode Island, NY (2007) [E2]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan, Steven Lucas
2007Shah V, Dunstan RH, Geary PM, Carter L, Wilson SK, Peterson B, 'Source tracking of faecal pollution from the Bagnall Beach, Australia', Proceedings of International Groundwater Conference (IGC-2007) on Water, Environment and Agriculture. Present Problems and Future Challenges, Coimbatore, India (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2007Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Geary PM, Dunstan RH, 'Centralised and decentralised water infrastructure: The best of both worlds', Symposium: Building Across Borders Built Environment Procurement CIB WO92 Procurement Systems. Proceedings, Hunter Valley, NSW (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan, Steven Lucas
2007Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Geary PM, Dunstan RH, 'Assessing catchment water quality: The 'Snapshot Study'', 13th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference and 5th Water Sensitive Urban Design Conference. Proceedings, Sydney (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan, Steven Lucas
2007Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Geary PM, Dunstan RH, 'Rainwater harvesting and wastewater reuse in peri-urban areas', 13th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference and 5th Water Sensitive Urban Design Conference. Proceedings, Sydney (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan, Steven Lucas
2007Geary PM, Lucas SA, Shah V, Dunstan RH, Coombes PJ, 'Contaminant transport in surface and groundwaters from wastewater systems in a coastal catchment', Innovation and Technology for On-site Systems: Proceedings of On-site '07 Conference, Armidale (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas, Hugh Dunstan
2006Mendez H, Geary PM, Dunstan RH, 'Surface Wetland for Treatment of Pathogens in Stormwater', Conference Proceedings, Parramatta, NSW (2006) [E2]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2006Shah V, Dunstan RH, Geary PM, Coombes PJ, 'Limitations of Faecal Sterol Ratio Analyses in Distinguishing Sources of Faecal Contamination in Mixed Land Use Water Catchments', Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia (2006) [E2]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2006Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Geary PM, 'Continuous Simulation of Rainwater Tank, Wastewater Storage and Stormwater Runoff: The Influence of Climate Regimes, Water Demand and Diurnal Flow Patterns', Conference Proceedings of Water 2006, Grand Hyatt Conference Centre, Auckland, NZ (2006) [E2]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2006Mendez H, Geary PM, Dunstan RH, 'Die-off rate studies of faecal indicator bacteria in storm and estuarine waters', Conference Proceedings of Water 2006, Grand Hyatt Conference Centre, Auckland, NZ (2006) [E2]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2006Shah V, Dunstan RH, Geary PM, Coombes PJ, 'Use of antibiotics resistance analysis (ARA) and faecal sterol ratio analyses (FSA) to characterize sources of faecal contamination from the Myall River catchment, Australia', Conference Proceedings of Water 2006, Grand Hyatt Conference Centre, Auckland, NZ (2006) [E2]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2006Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Hardy MJ, Geary PM, 'Evaluating rainwater harvesting: Revealing the detail using a comparison of three models', Conference Proceedings of Water 2006, Grand Hyatt Conference Centre, Auckland, NZ (2006) [E2]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2006Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Geary PM, 'Realistic Simulation of Rainwater Tank Systems: Revealing the Detail', Proceedings, Hyatt Regency Auckland, New Zeland (2006) [E2]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2006Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Hardy MJ, Geary PM, 'A comparative study of common uses of selected modelling tools for evaluating rainwater harvesting strategies', Proceedings, Melbourne (2006) [E1]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2006Geary PM, Mendez H, Dunstan RH, 'Design Considerations in the Performance of Stormwater Devices Incorporating Constructed Wetlands', Proceedings, Lisbon, Portugal (2006) [E2]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2005Geary PM, 'Riparian Zone Environments and Attenuation of Nitrate from On-Site Wastewater Systems', Proceedings of the NZHS-IAH-NZSSS 2005 Conference, Auckland, New Zealand (2005) [E1]
2005Mendez H, Geary PM, Dunstan RH, 'Bacteriological Studies in Urban Surface Wetlands Used for Stormwater Treatment Around Lake Macquarie, NSW', Environmental change making it happen, Hobart, Tasmania (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2005Geary PM, Shah V, Dunstan RH, Coombes PJ, Rothkirch TB, 'Bacterial source tracking methods to distinguish between fecal contributions from on-site wastewater systems', On-Site 05 Conference : performance assessment for on-site systems: regulation, operation, and monitoring, Armidale, NSW (2005) [E3]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan, Tony Rothkirch
2005Geary PM, Pang L, 'Determination of Buffer Distances from On-Site Wastewater Systems', Proceedings of the Performance Assessment for On-Site Systems: Regulation, operation and monitoring conference, University of New England, Armidale, Australia (2005) [E1]
2005Geary PM, Shah V, Dunstan RH, Coombes PJ, Rothkirch TB, 'Bacterial Source Tracing Methods to Distinguish Between Faecal Contributions from On-Site Wastewater Systems', Proceedings of the Performance Assessment for On-Site Systems: Regulation, operation and monitoring conference, University of New England, Armidale, Australia (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan, Tony Rothkirch
2005Mendez H, Geary PM, 'Faecal contamination and bacterial source tracking in stormwater quality improvement devices around Lake Macquarie, NSW', Proceedings for the 2005 Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand (2005) [E2]
2005Whitehead JH, Geary PM, 'Geotechnical challenges for on-site wastewater management in the Hunter Region', Australian Geomechanics Journal (2005)

A large number and growing proportion of both single lot residential and larger scale new developments in the Hunter Region are not serviced by a conventional reticulated sewerage... [more]

A large number and growing proportion of both single lot residential and larger scale new developments in the Hunter Region are not serviced by a conventional reticulated sewerage system. In such cases, wastewater treatment, its possible reuse and final disposal, is on-site, where the effluent is generated. A range of geotechnical factors including the site geology, geomorphology, soils, availability and performance of geo and geosynthetic materials, along with climatic factors, have a bearing on the selection, design, sizing and performance of an on-site wastewater system which will perform adequately and meet regulatory requirements. Geotechnical skills in site and soil assessment are fundamental to and necessary for good on-site wastewater system design and to ensure that the environmental impacts associated with on-site wastewater management are minimised. The Hunter Region displays a number of challenging geological settings and soil types for wastewater management. These include perched and shallow water tables, sensitive aquifers, floodplains and coastal lake and estuary catchments. Soils include sodic, dispersive and duplex soils and high permeability sandy soils with limited capacities for wastewater assimilation. Hydraulic and nutrient loading capacities of some of the region's soils are limiting and present a challenge to designers. An understanding of transport and assimilation of nutrients and pathogens through permeable materials is significant in understanding the potential contribution of on-site wastewater management systems to surface and groundwater contamination and the protection of those sensitive receiving bodies by appropriate design. This paper reviews the geotechnical aspects of on-site wastewater management in the Hunter Region and illustrates, with a number of case studies, both the problems commonly encountered and their possible solutions.

2004Geary PM, 'On-site domestic system effluent tracing in a coastal catchment', On-Site Wastewater Treatment X. Proceedings of the !0th National Symposium on Individual and Small Community Sewage Systems, Sacramento, California (2004) [E1]
CitationsScopus - 6
2004Shah V, Dunstan RH, Geary PM, 'Application of Emerging Bacterial Source Tracking (BST) Methods to Detect and Distinguish Sources of Fecal Pollution in Waters', Proceedings of the International Conference on Construction, Environment and Manufacturing Systems, Bhubaneswar, India (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2004Geary PM, 'Effluent Tracing and the Transport of contaminants from a Domestic Septic System', 6th Specialist Conference on Small Water & Wastewater Systems, 1st International Conference on Onsite Wastewater Treatment & Recycling, Fremantle, WA, Australia (2004) [E1]
2004Shah V, Dunstan RH, Geary PM, 'Choice of bacterial indicator organism and source tracking of faecal pollution in coastal waters', NSW Coastal Conference 2004: Seachange? The delicate balancing act, Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia (2004) [E2]
Co-authorsHugh Dunstan
2003Geary PM, 'On-site wastewater systems: Research, education and training', Future Directions for On-Site Systems: Best Management Practice : Proceedings of On-site '03 Conference, Armidale, NSW (2003) [E1]
2003Geary PM, 'The Use of Tracers in Assessing On-Site System Failure in Port Stephens', Future Directions for On-site Systems: Best Management Practice, University of New England (2003) [E1]
2003Geary PM, Stafford DJ, 'Performance Evaluation of a Small Domestic Sand Filter', Future Directions for On-site Systems: Best Management Practice, University of New England (2003) [E1]
2002Geary PM, Davies C, 'Bacterial source tracking and shellfish contamination in a coastal catchment', Enviro 2002 & IWA 3rd World Water Congress, Melbourne, VIC (2002) [E2]
CitationsScopus - 13Web of Science - 11
2002Lucas SA, Geary PM, 'Sustainable effluent irrigation: Sodium (Na+) dynamics in an effluent irrigated woodlot soil', Proceedings of Environmental Engineering Research Event, Blackheath, NSW (2002) [E1]
Co-authorsSteven Lucas
2001Whitehead JH, Geary PM, Saunders M, 'Towards a better understanding of sustainable lot density - evidence from five Australian case studies', On-Site-01, University of New England (2001) [E1]
2001Geary PM, Stafford DJ, Spinks AT, Whitehead JH, 'The use of clinoptilolite in a low cost aerobic sand filter', On-site'01, University of New England (2001) [E1]
2001Geary PM, Whitehead JH, 'Ground Water Contamination from On-Site Domestic Wastewater Management Systems in a Coastal Catchment', Proceedings of the Ninth National Symposium on Individual and Small Community Sewage Systems, Fort Worth, Texas (2001) [E1]
2000Kim SY, Geary PM, 'The Impact of Biomass Harvesting on Phosphorus Uptake by Wetland Plants', International Water Association, Florida, USA (2000) [E3]
2000Dalby CE, Geary PM, Reynolds KR, 'The "P" in super leaves a site in runoff. But how much stays in the soil? A Simple Model and a Soil Horizon', Soil 2000 NZSSS/ASSSI Conference, Canterbury, New Zealand (2000) [E3]
1998Geary PM, Moore JA, 'Suitability of a Treatment Wetland Receiving High Loads', 6th International COnference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control, Sao Paulo, Brazil (27.09.98 - 02.10.98) (1998) [E2]
1998Geary PM, Gardner EA, 'Sustainable On-Site Treatment Systems', Proceedings of 8th National Symposium on Individual Small Community Sewerage Systems, March 8-10, 1998 Orlando, Florida (1998) [E1]
1998Geary PM, Whitehead J, Patterson R, '25th National Conference - Australian Institute of Environmental Health', Skills to assess the suitability of sites for on-site wastewater disposal, Surfers Paradise (25.10.98 - 30.10.98) (1998) [E2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants54
Total funding$996,064

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20151 grants / $15,000

Campavale canal water quality research project$15,000

Funding body: Hunter Water Corporation

Funding bodyHunter Water Corporation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Doctor Craig Evans, Dr Abigail Morrow
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500731
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

20141 grants / $9,000

North Arm Cove Water Quality Study $9,000

Funding body: NSW Food Authority

Funding bodyNSW Food Authority
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Doctor Craig Evans, Mr Anthony Zammit
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400675
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

20131 grants / $24,000

North Arm Cove Water Quality Study$24,000

Funding body: Great Lakes Council

Funding bodyGreat Lakes Council
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Doctor Craig Evans
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301013
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

20123 grants / $57,279

Actinomycetes in Drinking Water Reservoirs & their Role in Taste & Odour$37,500

Funding body: Hunter Water Corporation

Funding bodyHunter Water Corporation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Doctor Craig Evans
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200448
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Analysis of endocrine disrupting compounds (Alkylphenols) in inland sewage treatment plants (STP's) in the Lower Hunter Valley$10,000

Funding body: Hunter Water Corporation

Funding bodyHunter Water Corporation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Doctor Geoffrey MacFarlane
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200147
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Water quality assessments and development of monitoring approaches for culturally significant waterholes in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park$9,779

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Joseph Bidwell, Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Doctor Craig Evans
SchemeLinkage Pilot Research Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1101122
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20111 grants / $9,968

The use of Fluorescent Whitening Compounds as Indicators of Human Faecal Contamination in Environmental Waters$9,968

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Craig Evans
SchemeLinkage Pilot Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100039
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20102 grants / $11,000

Source tracking using alternative faecal indicators in water$10,000

Funding body: Hunter Water Corporation

Funding bodyHunter Water Corporation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor Hugh Dunstan
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000519
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Enhancing the Bioremediation of Hydrocarbon Contaminants in Soil$1,000

Funding body: EnviroPacific Services

Funding bodyEnviroPacific Services
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000871
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20091 grants / $26,900

A comparative treatment performance evaluation of two on-site wastewater systems at Taylor's Beach: A Wisconsin Mound and Soil-Absorption-System (SAS)$26,900

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding bodyPort Stephens Council
Project TeamDoctor Steven Lucas, Associate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0189708
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

20081 grants / $2,500

International Conference on Wetland Systems Technology in Water Pollution Control, Infore-Ujain India, 1/11/2008 - 7/11/2008$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189571
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20072 grants / $42,300

Snapshot of water quality an tilligerry estuary and major surface drains routing catchment runoff to the estuary$22,300

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding bodyPort Stephens Council
Project TeamDoctor Steven Lucas, Associate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187345
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

Characterisation of microbial and chemical contaminants, bioreaction and water quantity dynamics in rainwater harvesting systems to optimise design$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Professor Hugh Dunstan, Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Doctor Tim Roberts
SchemeNear Miss Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187184
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20063 grants / $52,400

Research proposal to monitor the performance of stormwater quality improvement devices (SQID's) at several sites draining to Lake Macquarie$30,000

Funding body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Funding bodyLake Macquarie City Council
Project TeamDoctor Steven Lucas, Associate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeLake Macquarie Catchment Coordinator office
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0187047
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

Evaluation of Nutrient/Microbial Exports from an Unsewered Area to Tilligerry Creek Estuary$20,000

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding bodyPort Stephens Council
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186504
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

10th International Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control 23-29 September, 2006$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186569
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20052 grants / $5,695

Bacteriological Investigations into lakeshore water quality adjacent to stormwater quality improvement devices (SQID's)$4,230

Funding body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Funding bodyLake Macquarie City Council
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor Hugh Dunstan
SchemeLake Macquarie Environmental Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185628
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

'Where Waters Meet' Annual Conference of International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) jointly convened with New Zealand Hydrological Society, 28 November-3 December 2005$1,465

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185756
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20039 grants / $433,250

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$335,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Hugh Dunstan, Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
SchemeLinkage Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0182827
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$35,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Commerce

Funding bodyNSW Department of Commerce
Project TeamProfessor Hugh Dunstan, Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183256
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$12,000

Funding body: Analytical Reference Laboratories Pty Ltd

Funding bodyAnalytical Reference Laboratories Pty Ltd
Project TeamProfessor Hugh Dunstan, Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183254
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$12,000

Funding body: Great Lakes Council

Funding bodyGreat Lakes Council
Project TeamProfessor Hugh Dunstan, Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183257
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$12,000

Funding body: Hastings Council

Funding bodyHastings Council
Project TeamProfessor Hugh Dunstan, Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183259
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments. $12,000

Funding body: Greater Taree City Council

Funding bodyGreater Taree City Council
Project TeamProfessor Hugh Dunstan, Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0184497
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$9,000

Funding body: Midcoast County Council

Funding bodyMidcoast County Council
Project TeamProfessor Hugh Dunstan, Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183258
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

Bacteriological Investigations Associated with Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices (SQIDS)$4,750

Funding body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Funding bodyLake Macquarie City Council
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeLake Macquarie Environmental Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183196
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$1,500

Funding body: Hunter Water Corporation

Funding bodyHunter Water Corporation
Project TeamProfessor Hugh Dunstan, Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183251
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20025 grants / $120,006

The Sustainable Effluent Irrigation Project - Effects of effluent irrigation on soil sodicity and groundwater quality.$67,635

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Doctor Russell Drysdale
SchemeLinkage Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181149
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

The sustainable effluent irrigation project - effects of effluent irrigation on soil sodicity and groundwater quality.$31,500

Funding body: Hunter Water Corporation

Funding bodyHunter Water Corporation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Doctor Russell Drysdale
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181898
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

The Sustainable Effluent Irrigation Plantation Project (SEIPP): Quantifying Sodium (Na+) Accumulation and Leaching Rates in Soils of an Effluent Irrigated Plant$11,000

Funding body: Hunter Water Corporation

Funding bodyHunter Water Corporation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeUN/HWC Collaborative Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181654
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

Subsurface Constructed Wetland for Stormwater Treatment at Blue Haven.$6,384

Funding body: Wyong Shire Council

Funding bodyWyong Shire Council
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181971
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

Diffuse pollutant loading from on-site wastewater treatment systems and other landuses in the Stony Creek Catchment.$3,487

Funding body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Funding bodyLake Macquarie City Council
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeLake Macquarie Environmental Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181932
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

20013 grants / $18,108

Evaluation of Nutrient Removal Management Options.$10,500

Funding body: Hunter Water Corporation

Funding bodyHunter Water Corporation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeCollaborative Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0180673
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Bacteriological Investigations Associated with Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices.$5,232

Funding body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Funding bodyLake Macquarie City Council
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor Hugh Dunstan
SchemeLake Macquarie Environmental Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0181487
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

9th National Symposium on Individual and Small Community Sewage Systems, USA 11-14 March 2001$2,376

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0180681
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20004 grants / $64,727

On-site treatment system failure and shellfish contamination in Port Stephens.$34,500

Funding body: Department of Local Government

Funding bodyDepartment of Local Government
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeSewerage Management Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0179162
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Performance monitoring of a low cost alternative on-site effluent treatment system to reduce nutrients.$19,430

Funding body: Department of Local Government

Funding bodyDepartment of Local Government
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeSewerage Management Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0179161
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Hydrological Research into the Design and Effectiveness of Constructed Wetlands in Reducing Pollutants in Stormwater Runoff.$8,797

Funding body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Funding bodyLake Macquarie City Council
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeLake Macquarie Environmental Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0180156
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

Analysis of water quality / hydrodynamic data - Lake Innes.$2,000

Funding body: NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

Funding bodyNSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeConsultancy
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0179389
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

19994 grants / $7,874

Catchment Management and Groundwater Monitoring - Bob's Farm Salt Ash$3,000

Funding body: Hunter Area Health Service

Funding bodyHunter Area Health Service
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemePublic Health Unit
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNoG0178403
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Catchment Management and Groundwater Monitoring - Bob's Farm, Salt Ash$3,000

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding bodyPort Stephens Council
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNoG0179472
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

Impact of Septic Systems on Groundwater Quality$1,000

Funding body: Hunter Area Health Service

Funding bodyHunter Area Health Service
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemePublic Health Unit
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNoG0178402
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

18th Federal Conference of the Australia Water & Wastewater Association Adelaide, SA.$874

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNoG0179094
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19981 grants / $2,425

8th National Symposium on Individual and Small Community Sewage Systems, USA 8-10 March 1998$2,425

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1998
GNoG0179794
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19973 grants / $9,074

Risk of nutrient movement from land irrigated with dairy effluent$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1997
Funding Finish1997
GNoG0176616
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

On-site disposal systems - Impacts of biomass harvesting on nutrient uptake in small constructed wetlands.$1,500

Funding body: Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Trust

Funding bodyHawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Trust
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeApplied Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1997
Funding Finish1997
GNoG0177533
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

United Nations Environment Program International Regional Conference on Environmental Technologies for Wastewater Management, Perth, WA, 4-6 December 1997$574

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1997
Funding Finish1997
GNoG0179477
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19962 grants / $33,658

Postgraduate Research Scholarship$23,047

Funding body: NSW Department of Land & Water Conservation (DEFUNCT)

Funding bodyNSW Department of Land & Water Conservation (DEFUNCT)
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Christine Dalby
SchemeResearch Grant (Defunct)
RoleLead
Funding Start1996
Funding Finish1996
GNoG0176492
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

DAIRY EFFLUENT MONITORING PROJECT INCORPORTING THE USE OF ARTIFICIAL WETLANDS FOR NUTRIENT REDUCTION IN EFFLUENT$10,611

Funding body: Dairy Research & Development Corporation

Funding bodyDairy Research & Development Corporation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1996
Funding Finish1996
GNoG0176064
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

19952 grants / $10,000

Dairy wastewater wetlnd demonstration , Tocal College, Patterson$5,000

Funding body: Hunter Catchment Management Trust

Funding bodyHunter Catchment Management Trust
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0176029
Type Of FundingDonation - Aust Non Government
Category3AFD
UONY

Dairy wastewater wetlnd demonstration , Tocal College, Patterson$5,000

Funding body: Hunter Catchment Management Trust

Funding bodyHunter Catchment Management Trust
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0177396
Type Of FundingDonation - Aust Non Government
Category3AFD
UONY

19942 grants / $36,400

Dairy Effluent monitoring project incorporating the use of Artificial Wetlands for nutrient reduction in effluent$34,135

Funding body: Dairy Research & Development Corporation

Funding bodyDairy Research & Development Corporation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1994
Funding Finish1994
GNoG0174417
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Waste Water Disposal at Cooranbong$2,265

Funding body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Funding bodyLake Macquarie City Council
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary, Ms S Keating
SchemeLake Macquarie Environmental Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1994
Funding Finish1994
GNoG0175034
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

19921 grants / $4,500

The Characterisation Of Soils For Effluent Disposal$4,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1992
Funding Finish1992
GNoG0174139
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Application of Statistical Methods in the Investigation of Main Contamination Sources in River Waters
Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2011Streptomyces as a Source of Geosmin and 2-Methylisoborneol Associated Taste and Odour Episodes in Drinking Water Reservoirs
Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2011Detecting Human Sourced Water Contamination in Water Catchments Using Fluorescence Whitening Agents
Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2007Assessment of the Performance of a Wisconsin Mound in Treating Domestic Wastewater
Hydrology, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2007Research Proposal to Monitor the Performance of Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices (SQIDs) at several sites draining to Lake Macquarie
Hydrology, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012Leachate Quality Analysis and Passive Treatment Options
Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2012Shallow Groundwater Quality and Transport of Contaminants from a Domestic Wastewater System
Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2009Bacteriological Studies in Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices (SQIDs) at Lake Macquarie, NSW
Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2008Use of Coprostanol and Related Faecal Sterols for Faecal Source Tracking from Diverse Mixed Land Use Catchments
Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2007Temporal Sodium Flux in a Woodlot Soil Irrigated with Secondary Treated Effluent: The Implications for Sustainable Irrigation and Soil Management
Earth Sc Not Elsewhere Classif, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2006Microbiological Quality of Tilligerry Estuary
Enviro Studies Not Elswr Class, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2006ASSESSMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF SALAMANDER BAY LANDFILL ON GROUNDWATER QUALITY
Geochemistry, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2005Groundwater Quality at a Landfill
Hydrology, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2001Mangroves and Salt Marsh in Contaminated Environments
Enviro Studies Not Elswr Class, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2000Fate of Phosphate from Fertilizers applied to Grazing Land
Soil Science, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2000Phosphorus transport from runoff plots
Soil Science, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2000Phosphorus Sorption in Constructed Wetlands
Enviro Studies Not Elswr Class, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
1999Impact of Biomass Harvesting on Nutrient Uptake
Enviro Studies Not Elswr Class, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
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Associate Professor Phillip Geary

Position

Associate Professor
Discipline of Earth Sciences/ Discipline of Environmental Science and Management
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Environmental Science and Management

Contact Details

Emailphil.geary@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 6726
Mobile0432529015
Fax(02) 4921 6925

Office

RoomGG09
BuildingGeology
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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