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Biography

My expertise lies in wastewater reuse to land, the associated impacts of wastewater quality on soil structure and contaminant export to natural waterways. The ability to maintain soil structure for a woodlot irrigated with municipal effluent of variable chemical composition was the focus of my PhD thesis. The impact of sodium on clay particle behaviour was used as a surrogate for predicting the impact of irrigation/rainfall events (of differing quality) on soil structure comprising different sodium percentages. Wider research interests include integrated water cycle management, contaminant export from non-sewered areas and soil/water interactions and processes.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 31/12/2006

Research

Research keywords

  • Environmental Management
  • Soil chemistry
  • Water systems

Research expertise

Integrated water cycle management, water systems process and simulation, soil chemistry, environmental management

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
090799Environmental Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified40
050299Environmental Science And Management Not Elsewhere Classified40
040399Geology Not Elsewhere Classified20

Teaching

Teaching expertise

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Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Lucas SA, Sodium Flux in Woodlot Soils Irrigated with Treated Effluent: The Implications for Sustainable Irrigation and Soil Management, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, 195 (2009) [A1]

Journal article (7 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-authors: Phil Geary

2012Lucas SA, Planner J, 'Grounded or submerged bulk carrier: The potential for leaching of coal trace elements to seawater', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 64 1012-1017 (2012) [C1]
2010Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Sharma AK, 'The impact of diurnal water use patterns, demand management and rainwater tanks on water supply network design', Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 10 69-80 (2010) [C1]
2009Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Planner J, Welchman S, 'Rainfall harvesting and coal dust: The potential health impacts of trace elements in coal dust in rainwater', Air Quality and Climate Change, 43 23-30 (2009) [C1]
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-authors: Phil Geary

2006Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Hardy MJ, Geary PM, 'Rainwater harvesting: Revealing the detail', Water, 33 89-94 (2006)

Co-authors: Phil Geary

2003Drysdale RN, Lucas SA, Carthew K, 'The influence of diurnal temperatures on the hydrochemistry of a tufa-depositing stream', Hydrological Processes, 3421-3441 (2003) [C1]
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Conference (24 outputs)

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2013Lucas SA, Planner JH, 'MARPOL Annex V and Environmentally Hazardous Substance (EHS) requirements for coal cargo residues', ICBMH 2013 - 11th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation, Newcastle, Australia (2013) [E1]
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-authors: Phil Geary

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-authors: Phil Geary

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-authors: Phil Geary

2009Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, 'Mains water savings and stormwater management benefits from large architecturally-designed under-floor rainwater storages', H2009: Proceedings of H2009, the 32nd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
2009Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Sharma AK, 'Residential diurnal water use patterns and peak demands: Implications for integrated water infrastructure planning', H2009: Proceedings of H2009, the 32nd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
2009Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, 'The performance of infiltration trenches constructed to manage stormwater runoff from an existing urbanised catchment', H2009: Proceedings of H2009, the 32nd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
2009Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, 'Improving downpipe and gutter configuration on a residential dwelling to increase rainwater yield', H2009: Proceedings of H2009, the 32nd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
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-authors: Phil Geary

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-authors: Phil Geary

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-authors: Phil Geary

2007Brinsmead TS, Hooker CA, Ellem GK, Johnson AP, Larkin R, Licata M, et al., 'Means-ends inquiry: A strategy for directing inter-disciplinary research conversation', Symposium: Building Across Borders Built Environment Procurement CIB WO92 Procurement Systems. Proceedings, Hunter Valley, NSW (2007) [E1]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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-authors: Phil Geary

2006Coombes PJ, Lucas SA, 'Towards Sustainable Water Strategies in the Perth Region of Westerns Australia: Inclusion of Decentralised Options', Papers and Abstracts, Perth, Western Australia (2006) [E2]
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-authors: Phil Geary

2006Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Geary PM, 'Realistic Simulation of Rainwater Tank Systems: Revealing the Detail', Proceedings, Hyatt Regency Auckland, New Zeland (2006) [E2]

Co-authors: Phil Geary

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-authors: Phil Geary

2004Lucas SA, 'Seasonal sodium flux in a woodlot soil irrigated with secondary treated effluent', 13th International Soil Conservation Organisation Conference; Conserving Soil and Water for Society: Sharing Solutions, Brisbane, Australia (2004) [E3]
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-authors: Phil Geary

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants9
Total funding$316,500

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2014 (1 grants)

Biodegradation of modified polystyrene$30,000
Funding Body: Rema Industries & Services Pty Ltd

Project Team
Doctor Tim Roberts, Doctor Steven Lucas, Mr Michel Lefebvre, Conjoint Associate Professor Minh Nguyen
SchemeRole
Research ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,00020142017
GNo:G1400783

2012 (1 grants)

Performance assessment of several media for improving water quality$15,000
Funding Body: NSW Trade & Investment

Project Team
Doctor Steven Lucas
SchemeRole
TechVouchers ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020122012
GNo:G1200932

2009 (2 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor Steven Lucas, Associate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$26,90020092009
GNo:G0189708

Investigating household diurnal water use patterns using smartmeter data and their impact on the design and operation of the Water Supply Network$9,100
Funding Body: MidCoast Water

Project Team
Doctor Steven Lucas, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,10020092009
GNo:G0190419

2008 (3 grants)

Water cell in the urban environment$80,000
Funding Body: Newcastle Innovation

Project Team
Doctor Steven Lucas, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes
SchemeRole
Administered ResearchChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$80,00020082008
GNo:G0188939

Investigating rainwater quality and rainwater yield at a demonstration site in Brisbane$60,000
Funding Body: Newcastle Innovation

Project Team
Doctor Steven Lucas, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes
SchemeRole
Administered ResearchChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$60,00020082008
GNo:G0189033

Evaluating the performance of infiltration trenches in Seabreeze Estate (Port Stephens)$43,200
Funding Body: Port Stephens Council

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Steven Lucas
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$43,20020082009
GNo:G0188991

2007 (1 grants)

Snapshot of water quality an tilligerry estuary and major surface drains routing catchment runoff to the estuary$22,300
Funding Body: Port Stephens Council

Project Team
Doctor Steven Lucas, Associate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$22,30020072007
GNo:G0187345

2006 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor Steven Lucas, Associate Professor Phillip Geary
SchemeRole
Lake Macquarie Catchment Coordinator officeChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,00020062006
GNo:G0187047
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.2

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142014M Philosophy (EnvironmentalSc)Co-SupervisorEvaluating a New Landuse Pattern Designed to Secure Soil and Water in Degraded Landscapes
20142018PhD (Environmental Sc)Co-SupervisorUse of Archebacteria to Degrade Modified Plastics
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Dr Steven Lucas

Cell / Mobile Phone0412954000
Email
PositionsConjoint Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Research Associate
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEarth Sciences
Office
IDC 218,
Industry Development Centre (IDC),
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/steven-lucas