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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

  • contaminant export studies
  • Water systems
  • Soil chemistry
  • Environmental Management

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
050399 Soil Sciences not elsewhere classified 20
050206 Environmental Monitoring 40
050205 Environmental Management 40
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Golightly N, McNab B, Hart R, Lucas SA, Vizer C, Marshall K, Roberts T, Towards the Richmond Vale Rail Trail, Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, 102 (2017) [A1]
Co-authors Tim Roberts
2009 Lucas 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 (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Ho BT, Roberts TK, Lucas S, 'An overview on biodegradation of polystyrene and modified polystyrene: the microbial approach', Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, 38 308-320 (2018)
DOI 10.1080/07388551.2017.1355293
2018 Geary P, Lucas SA, 'Contamination of estuaries from failing septic tank systems: difficulties in scaling up from monitored individual systems to cumulative impact', ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH, (2018)
DOI 10.1007/s11356-018-1364-0
Co-authors Phil Geary
2017 Lucas SA, Coombes PJ, Geary PM, Horn K, 'On-site wastewater systems: investigating dynamics and diurnal patterns impacting on the performance of mound systems', Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology, 7 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.4172/2161-0525.1000498
Co-authors Phil Geary
2016 Lucas SA, Lloyd-Prichard D, Haberle S, 'Assessment of Pollen Assempblages from the Hives of Tetragonula Carbonaria for the Presence of the Threatened Species Grevillea Parviflora subsp. Parvaflora', Journal of Pollination Ecology, (2016)
2015 Thanh Ba Ho, Timothy Kilgour Roberts, Steven Lucas, 'Small-Scale Household Biogas Digesters as a Viable Option for Energy Recovery and Global Warming Mitigation¿Vietnam Case Study', Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology A, 5 (2015)
DOI 10.17265/2161-6256/2015.06.002
Co-authors Tim Roberts
2013 Geary 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
2012 Lucas 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.02.001
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2010 Lucas 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]
DOI 10.2166/ws.2010.840
Citations Scopus - 20
2009 Lucas 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]
2006 Lucas 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.

Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Phil Geary
2006 Lucas 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
2003 Drysdale RN, Lucas SA, Carthew K, 'The influence of diurnal temperatures on the hydrochemistry of a tufa-depositing stream', Hydrological Processes, 3421-3441 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/hyp.1301
Citations Web of Science - 30
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Conference (24 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Lucas 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]
Citations Scopus - 1
2012 Su 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
2011 Su 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
2010 Lucas 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
2009 Geary 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
2009 Lucas 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]
2009 Lucas 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]
2009 Lucas 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]
2009 Lucas 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]
2008 Rogers 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
2008 Geary 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
2007 Geary 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]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Hugh Dunstan, Phil Geary
2007 Lucas 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-authors Phil Geary, Hugh Dunstan
2007 Brinsmead 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-authors Cliff Hooker, Michael Ostwald
2007 Lucas 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-authors Phil Geary, Hugh Dunstan
2007 Lucas 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-authors Phil Geary, Hugh Dunstan
2007 Geary 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-authors Hugh Dunstan, Phil Geary
2006 Lucas 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
2006 Lucas 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
2006 Lucas 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
2006 Lucas 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
2006 Coombes 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]
2004 Lucas 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]
2002 Lucas 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 grants 17
Total funding $564,391

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20183 grants / $49,260

Stormwater quality monitoring in the Newcastle LGA$36,400

Funding body: Newcastle City Council

Funding body Newcastle City Council
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas, Angus Weingott
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1800420
Type Of Funding C2210 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Own Purpose
Category 2210
UON Y

Characterisation of Recycled Organic/Inorganic media for the Shang Hai Botanical Gardens$10,000

Funding body: STAR Water Solutions

Funding body STAR Water Solutions
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas, Eric Love
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1800463
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON Y

Water Level Monitoring at Grandview Road, Elermore Vale$2,860

Funding body: Newcastle City Council

Funding body Newcastle City Council
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas, Miriam Buchhorn
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1800932
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220
UON Y

20172 grants / $38,760

Monitoring of infiltration trenches in Seabreeze Estate, Port Stephens $33,160

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding body Port Stephens Council
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas
Scheme Small Research Consultancy
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1700534
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220
UON Y

Characterisation of Organic and Mineral Materials for use as Reactive Filter Media$5,600

Funding body: Centre for Organic Research & Education

Funding body Centre for Organic Research & Education
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas
Scheme Small Research Consultancy
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700530
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
UON Y

20162 grants / $110,000

Field validation of the Reactive Filter Media (RFM) and further development of computerised modelling software (manufacturing tool)$100,000

Funding body: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Funding body Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas
Scheme Entrepreneurs' Programme: Innovation Connections
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600480
Type Of Funding C2120 - Aust Commonwealth - Other
Category 2120
UON Y

Investigating the beneficial use of compost as land fill capping$10,000

Funding body: SUEZ Recycling & Recovery

Funding body SUEZ Recycling & Recovery
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas, Mr Isaac Tsui
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601180
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON Y

20151 grants / $49,871

Bees as Monitors of Biodiversity Ravensworth$49,871

Funding body: Glencore Ravensworth Complex

Funding body Glencore Ravensworth Complex
Project Team Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts, Doctor Steven Lucas, Mrs Danielle Lloyd-Prichard
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1501040
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON Y

20141 grants / $30,000

Biodegradation of modified polystyrene$30,000

Funding body: Rema Industries & Services Pty Ltd

Funding body Rema Industries & Services Pty Ltd
Project Team Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts, Doctor Steven Lucas, Mr Michel Lefebvre, Conjoint Associate Professor Minh Nguyen
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400783
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20121 grants / $15,000

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

Funding body: NSW Trade & Investment

Funding body NSW Trade & Investment
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas
Scheme TechVouchers Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200932
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

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 body Port Stephens Council
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas, Conjoint Associate Professor Phillip Geary
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189708
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

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 body MidCoast Water
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190419
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

20083 grants / $183,200

Water cell in the urban environment$80,000

Funding body: Newcastle Innovation

Funding body Newcastle Innovation
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes
Scheme Administered Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188939
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: Newcastle Innovation

Funding body Newcastle Innovation
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes
Scheme Administered Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189033
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding body Port Stephens Council
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Steven Lucas
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0188991
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

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 body Port Stephens Council
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas, Conjoint Associate Professor Phillip Geary
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187345
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

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 body Lake Macquarie City Council
Project Team Doctor Steven Lucas, Conjoint Associate Professor Phillip Geary
Scheme Lake Macquarie Catchment Coordinator office
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0187047
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Assessment of Biodegradability of Modified Polystyrene Foam Beverage Cups and Lids in Modern Landfill PhD (Environmental Sc), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 Masters Evaluating an Asymmetric, Microrelief System Designed to Secure Soil, Water and Biocapacity in Eroded, Degraded and Modified Peri-Urban Landscapes M Philosophy (EnvironmentalSc), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle 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

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

Project Manager
The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Focus area

Earth Sciences

Contact Details

Email steven.lucas@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6152
Mobile 0412954000
Link Personal webpage

Office

Room SR267
Building Social Sciences Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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