Student researcher

Joji Abraham
Dr Joji Abraham Research Leader

Soil chemical properties before and after fire have been studied in several environments, but far less work has been done about the heavy metal concentrations including its mobility especially in a mining affected landscapes, such as in Western Victoria, those have significantly elevated arsenic and other heavy metal concentrations including calcium, mercury, chromium, copper, and lead. This study analysed these concentrations and referenced previous geochemical unburned materials to identify the importance of soil and water characterisation in association with controlled and wild bush fires in terms of arsenic and other heavy metals and consider the associated risks in terms of ecotoxicological effects, both locally and downstream. This study was completed in 2017.