SETAC AU and ACEDD are pleased to announce Sharmin Akter (Australian National University) as the 2022 Peter Teasdale Memorial Award winner.
Sharmin's research aims to investigate the impact of neonicotinoids on soil microorganisms, community structure, and ecological functioning that is not well understood globally, let alone under Australian conditions. Given the importance of soil microorganisms to soil fertility, it is hypothesised that neonicotinoids or their degration products will negatively impact soil microbial composions, structure, and function ultimately challenging long-term production outcomes and potentially leading to environmental legacu effects. Sharmin's studies will assist Australian agriculture and the environment by identifiying future risks posed by contemporary practices. The research will explore the impacts on soil microorganisms after exposure to neonicotinoids in comparison with untreated soil. The award will be used to cover the cost of laboratyr analysis of neonicotinoid residue, soil chemical properties, and genetic identification of soil microbes.
Sharmin's application included a clear description of how the funds would be used to help achieve project success and clearly justified the use of the funds for analytical support. Congratulations Sharmin and all other award nominees; the assessment panels were very impressed with the standard of the applications.
This award has been established jointly by SETAC-Australasia and the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD) in honour of Professor Peter Teasdale. Peter's contribution to environmental chemistry and water research spanned more than 25 years and included the passionate support of research students and early career researchers.
2022 Peter Teasdale Memorial Award winner Sharmin Akter
Photo of Professor Peter Teasdale at the 2019 SETAC AU Conference in Darwin, NT
Learn more about Gwil's winning publication
Cast your vote now for the inaugural 2023 SETAC-AU photo competition!
Sharmin Akter has won the Peter Teasdale Memorial Award
Learn more about Drew's winning publication
Learn more about Rafiquel's winning publication
Hung Tan has won the Peter Teasdale Memorial Award
Dust may be an important vector for persistent organic pollutants in Australia.
Australia recently banned the mercury-based pesticide Shirtan, but is yet to ratify the Minamata Convention which aims to protect human and environmental health from mercury emissions. Dr …