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Dr Steven Lucas

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Earth Sciences)

Career Summary

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.

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

Teaching Expertise
Online teaching






Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Environmental Management
  • Soil chemistry
  • Water systems

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
040399Geology not elsewhere classified20
050299Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified40
090799Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/05/2015 - 30/09/2015Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
1/01/2015 - 18/12/2015Web Learn Tutor Env & Life SciencesUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
15/08/2014 - 15/08/2014Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
23/07/2012 - 3/12/2012Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
27/02/2012 - 22/06/2012Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
25/07/2011 - 9/12/2011Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
26/07/2010 - 3/12/2010Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
13/05/2010 - 11/06/2010Associate LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
1/05/2010 - 30/06/2010Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
1/07/2009 - 17/09/2009Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
1/01/2009 - 30/06/2009Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
1/01/2008 - 30/09/2008Post Doctorate Research FellowUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
17/07/2006 - 15/12/2006Casual AcademicUniversity 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
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-authorsPhil 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]
CitationsScopus - 1
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]
DOI10.2166/ws.2010.840
CitationsScopus - 9
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, 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-authorsPhil Geary
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-authorsPhil 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]
DOI10.1002/hyp.1301
CitationsWeb of Science - 22
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Conference (24 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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-authorsPhil 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-authorsPhil 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-authorsPhil Geary
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-authorsPhil Geary
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]
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, '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, 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]
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-authorsPhil 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-authorsPhil Geary
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, Phil Geary
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-authorsPhil Geary, Hugh Dunstan
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]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald, Cliff Hooker
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, Phil Geary
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-authorsPhil Geary, Hugh Dunstan
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-authorsHugh Dunstan, Phil Geary
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-authorsPhil 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-authorsPhil 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-authorsPhil Geary
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-authorsPhil 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]
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-authorsPhil Geary
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants9
Total funding$316,500

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20141 grants / $30,000

Biodegradation of modified polystyrene$30,000

Funding body: Rema Industries & Services Pty Ltd

Funding bodyRema Industries & Services Pty Ltd
Project TeamDoctor Tim Roberts, Doctor Steven Lucas, Mr Michel Lefebvre, Conjoint Associate Professor Minh Nguyen
SchemeResearch Project
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400783
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20121 grants / $15,000

Performance assessment of several media for improving water quality$15,000

Funding body: NSW Trade & Investment

Funding bodyNSW Trade & Investment
Project TeamDoctor Steven Lucas
SchemeTechVouchers Program
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200932
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

20092 grants / $36,000

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
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0189708
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

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

Funding bodyMidCoast Water
Project TeamDoctor Steven Lucas, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190419
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

20083 grants / $183,200

Water cell in the urban environment$80,000

Funding body: Newcastle Innovation

Funding bodyNewcastle Innovation
Project TeamDoctor Steven Lucas, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes
SchemeAdministered Research
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188939
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Investigating rainwater quality and rainwater yield at a demonstration site in Brisbane$60,000

Funding body: Newcastle Innovation

Funding bodyNewcastle Innovation
Project TeamDoctor Steven Lucas, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes
SchemeAdministered Research
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189033
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding bodyPort Stephens Council
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Steven Lucas
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188991
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

20071 grants / $22,300

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
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187345
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

20061 grants / $30,000

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
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0187047
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Use of Archebacteria to Degrade Modified Plastics
Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2014A New Micro-Topographic Relief System for Securing Water, Soil and Biocapacity in Degraded Lands
Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Steven Lucas

Positions

Conjoint Lecturer
The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Web Learn Tutor Env & Life Sciences
The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Research Associate
The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Earth Sciences

Contact Details

Emailsteven.lucas@newcastle.edu.au
Mobile0412954000

Office

RoomIDC 218
BuildingIndustry Development Centre (IDC)
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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