Miss Maddison Carbery

Miss Maddison Carbery

Research student

Career Summary


Maddison completed her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science and Management at The University of Newcastle in 2013. She then went on to complete Honours in 2014, supported by NSW DPI Fisheries. Her honours research focused on the effectiveness of no-take sanctuary zones in shallow water habitats using baited remote underwater video (BRUVs) as a passive tool to assess fish and crustacean assemblages in the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park. This was the first study to assess biodiversity within the marine park since it was established in 2007. 

In 2017, Maddison commenced her PhD with the Global Center for Environmental Remediation (GCER) at The University of Newcastle. During the earlier stages of her PhD, Maddison performed a number of aquatic based surveys to develop baseline information on the occurrence, distribution and characteristics of microplastics in Australia’s coastal environments, before developing an interest in the chemical fingerprint of environmental plastics. She is now working closely with citizen science organisations Tangaroa Blue and the Australian Microplastic Assessment project (AUSMAP), as well as the NSW DPI Fisheries Institute to understand the impacts of microplastics and contaminants on organisms belonging to valuable marine food webs and the potential implications on human health.

Since 2012, Maddison has also been active in a number of volunteer roles, including Vice President of NUSEC (Newcastle University Student Environment Club), Chair of Ocean and Coastal Care Initiatives (OCCI) and Community Representative on the Lake Macquarie Estuary Management Committee. 


  • Analytical chemistry
  • Citizen science
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental science
  • Field sampling
  • Human health
  • Marine ecology
  • Microplastics


  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
091209 Polymers and Plastics 20
050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified 50
060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) 30

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/2019 -  Environmental Scientist

Researching the ecotoxicity and potential human and environmental health risks of phthalates to the Victorian community.  

Environment Protection Authority Victoria
Applied Science Unit (Water)
4/2/2019 - 5/7/2019 Intern

Maddison was employed to synthesise global information on the occurrence of microplastics in aquatic environments and the currently available sampling and analytical techniques. She developed an options paper evaluating potential management approaches to effectively reduce microplastics in Victorian wastewater in order to assist EPA Victoria in the regulation and control of microplastics discharged to aquatic environments via wastewater treatment plants.

Environment Protection Authority Victoria
Applied Science Unit (Environmental Solutions)


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

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Carbery M, MacFarlane GR, O'Connor W, Afrose S, Taylor H, Palanisami T, 'Baseline analysis of metal(loid)s on microplastics collected from the Australian shoreline using citizen science', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 152 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.110914
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Thava Palanisami, Geoff Macfarlane
2020 Raju S, Carbery M, Kuttykattil A, Senthirajah K, Lundmark A, Rogers Z, et al., 'Improved methodology to determine the fate and transport of microplastics in a secondary wastewater treatment plant', WATER RESEARCH, 173 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.watres.2020.115549
Co-authors Suresh Subashchandrabose, Thava Palanisami, Nethajisubashchandrabose Raju Uon, Geoffrey Evans
2020 Idowu O, Carbery M, O'Connor W, Thavamani P, 'Speciation and source apportionment of polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) in sediments of the largest salt water lake of Australia', Chemosphere, 246 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.125779
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Thava Palanisami
2018 Lam CS, Ramanathan S, Carbery M, Gray K, Vanka KS, Maurin C, et al., 'A Comprehensive Analysis of Plastics and Microplastic Legislation Worldwide', Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 229 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11270-018-4002-z
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Cristelle Maurin, Thava Palanisami
2018 Raju S, Carbery M, Kuttykattil A, Senathirajah K, Subashchandrabose SR, Evans G, Thavamani P, 'Transport and fate of microplastics in wastewater treatment plants: implications to environmental health', Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology, 17 637-653 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11157-018-9480-3
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Geoffrey Evans, Thava Palanisami, Suresh Subashchandrabose, Nethajisubashchandrabose Raju Uon
2018 Carbery M, O'Connor W, Thavamani P, 'Trophic transfer of microplastics and mixed contaminants in the marine food web and implications for human health', ENVIRONMENT INTERNATIONAL, 115 400-409 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.envint.2018.03.007
Citations Scopus - 114Web of Science - 104
Co-authors Thava Palanisami
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 4
Total funding $79,500

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20192 grants / $28,000

Microplastics in aquatic environments$20,500

Funding body: University of Melbourne

Funding body University of Melbourne
Project Team

Maddison Carbery, Dr. Thava Palanisami and Alison Kemp

Scheme Australian Postgraduate Research Internships
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220

Fingerprinting chemical contaminants in microplastics - Australian Microplastic Assessment Project (AUSMAP)$7,500

Funding body: Total Environment Centre

Funding body Total Environment Centre
Project Team

Dr. Scott Wilson, Dr. Thava Palanisami and Maddison Carbery

Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112

20171 grants / $45,000

Occurrence, fate and behavior of microplastics in aquatic environments: Implications to ecological and human health$45,000

Funding body: Newcastle City Council

Funding body Newcastle City Council
Project Team

Dr. Thava Palanisami and Maddison Carbery

Scheme 50/50 Scholarship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2020
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220

20151 grants / $6,500

Microplastics in Lake Macquarie: Occurrence, distribution and chemical characteristics $6,500

Funding body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Funding body Lake Macquarie City Council
Project Team

Dr. Thava Palanisami, Maddison Carbery

Scheme Lake Macquarie Environmental Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2018
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220

Miss Maddison Carbery

Contact Details

Email maddison.carbery@uon.edu.au