ARC Linkage Grant to investigate the impact of oestrogen on marine species

Friday, 1 May 2020

The Australian Research Council has awarded a $150,000 Linkage Grant to Dr Geoff MacFarlane, a Senior Lecturer for the School of Environmental and Life Sciences within the Faculty of Science.

Dr Geoff MacFarlane
Dr Geoff MacFarlane

Eco toxicologist, Dr Geoff MacFarlane, has attracted a prestigious $150,000 ARC Linkage Grant to study the effects of environmental oestrogens on vulnerable marine species.

“Oysters react to oestrogen exposure in ways we can detect and measure, which enables us to understand the impact of oestrogen contaminants in wastewater streams and then identify fish and invertebrates that may be at risk,” said Dr MacFarlane.

“Environmental oestrogen can have disruptive and damaging effects on fish and invertebrates, disrupting their reproduction processes and impacting the maintenance of populations and genetic diversity.”

The ARC Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies.

This transdisciplinary project will involve researchers and PhD students from the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment and the Faculty of Science as well as several industry partners, including Hunter Water, the Department of Primary Industries, Port Stephens Oyster Branch and the NSW Farmers Association.

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