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            Volume 11, Number 2
                    January 2005
Welcome to New Members and other stuff        4
From el Presidenté                            5
Risk assessment management workshop           6
Environmental side-effects conference
      & workshop                              7
Regional Reports                              8-15
PhD grant                                     15
Wastelands                                    16
President’s Report                            17-18
ASE Awards                                    19
CD of Previous Conference Abstracts           20-21
Funding sources                               22-23
What’s on                                     24-25
ASE Conference 2005                           26-27

                                                     ASE Sustaining Members
                                                     ASE gratefully acknowledges support from the
                                                     following organisations in their sustaining

                                                                                                                                                                  FROM EL PRESIDENTÉ
                                                   Aims of ASE
                                                   A scientific society for biologists, chemists, engineers and       Endpoint is now distributed to ASE
                                                   other environmental scientists concerned with environmental        members in 3 issues each year - April,
                                                   protection and management.                                         August and December (or January). The
                                                   The specific aims of the ASE are:                                  deadline for contributions falls on the
                                                   • to advance the science of ecotoxicology as it relates to         Friday prior to the start of the month
                                                     environmental protection and management                          of the issue.
                                                   • to promote education, research and the application of            All submissions for the next volume are
                                                     knowledge in this field for the development of ecologically      due by 25 March 2004 please!
                                                     acceptable principles and the practice of environmental          Editors - Catherine King,
                                                     protection and management                                        (cath.king@optusnet.com.au)
                                                   • to provide for the transfer and dissemination of information      and Greg Rippon
                                                     on these issues via workshops, conferences, the production             For Membership Application
                                                     of a periodical and other publications                                 Forms and other information on
                                                   • to provide a forum for communication among professionals               ASE, see the ASE home page:
                                                     in this field in industry, government, research and teaching           www.ecotox.org.au
                                                     organisations, for environmental protection and the benefit
                                                     of the community
                                                   • to collaborate with other societies with similar purposes
                                                     on a national and international basis, to further these aims.

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                                             Editorial policy relating to the publication of submitted material:
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                                   The editors would like to
                                   take this opportunity to
                                   pass on ours, and we are
                                   sure other members of
                                   the Society, deepest
                                   sympathy to those who
                                   have lost family, friends
                                   and colleagues in the
                                   Asian tsunami disaster.

                                   Our thoughts are with you, now and
                                   for the future.

                                   We would encourage members to
                                   give generously to any one of a
                                   number of organisations involved in
                                   the varied aid programmes.

January 2005, Volume 11, Issue 2                                         Page 3
A VERY WARM WELCOME                                                     Australasian Journal of
TO ALL OUR NEW ASE                                                          Ecotoxicology
Full Members
        Tracy Corbin
                                                                                  NEEDS YOU
        Paul Robinson
                                                                      to submit high quality, complete research
Student Members                                                       articles for forthcoming issues of the journal.
                                                                      Support the Society’s journal by publishing
        Lisa Hack
                                                                      your work, either as a
        Karen Mitchell
                                                                         · Short Communication
Our membership currently stands at 177 and
                                                                         · Regular Article
includes 137 full members, 35 student
members and 4 sustaining members.                                        · Critical Review, or an
Also                                                                     · Editorial

Correction to Heather Chapman’s address - for
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Program Leader Sustainable Water Sources                              publication in a well respected internationally-
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December 3, 2004 marks the 20th anniversary
of the deadly gas leak from a pesticide plant in
Bhopal, India. Amnesty International has
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                                    From El                                                PRESIDENTÉ
                                                                                           JOHN CHAPMAN

                                                                                                                                              FROM EL PRESIDENTÉ

                                Another year seems to have flown by, and                membership of the Advisory Committee to
                                Christmas is almost upon us.                            develop the National Collaborative Research
                                Happy Christmas to all ASE members and all              Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), as part of
                                the very best for 2005.                                 “Backing Australia’s Ability 2” and bundles the
                                                                                        existing infrastructure schemes into a $542m
                                Talking of 2005, I hope that you have put in your       pool. NCRIS locks in infrastructure at 20 cents in
                                diaries the ASE conference (yes, on our own this        the competitive research grant dollar –
                                time) at Melbourne University, 25 th-28 th              unfortunately well below the 40 to 50 cents in
                                September. Carolyn Brumley has been leading             comparable UK and USA competitive grant
                                the Victorian ASE group in planning this                schemes. The Committee will soon begin
                                conference. The theme is Toxicological                  consulting with research infrastructure
                                Approaches to Predict and Assess Ecosystem              stakeholders, universities, publicly-funded
                                Stress and if you want to keep tabs on progress,        research agencies and state and territory
                                the             website                is          at   governments. The Department established a
                                www.conferences.unimelb.edu.au/ecotox/ . The            website to keep people up to date with
                                first call for abstracts will be 10th January and       developments: http://www.dest.gov.au/resqual/
                                closing date for abstracts is in early May. For 2006,   default.htm#1 – FASTS will be keeping us posted
                                we will be combining with RACI again for a              on developments but fear that it may be a
                                conference in Perth and you will be kept posted         contentious process, as disciplines and modes of
                                on dates and progress. Jill Woodworth is leading        research have different practices and it is
                                an ASE team in negotiations with RACI. And still        inevitable that any quality framework will
                                on the subject of conferences, SETAC Asia-              privilege some forms of research activities over
                                Pacific has secured SETAC’s support for the             others with intended and unintended
                                World Congress in Sydney in 2008. If anyone             consequences.
                                would like to assist with planning this big and
                                important event, I’m sure that Graeme Batley            I hope that you have had a chance to explore the
                                would be pleased to hear from you. For those who        new-look ASE website. Thanks to Fred Leusch
                                still fondly remember the 2004 Interact                 for his time and skills in developing that. Fred is
                                conference, a small but pleasing profit came back       happy to hear any comments and suggestions for
                                to ASE . As Munro pointed out at the AGM, the           continual improvement of the site and in linking
                                days of large profits from conferences seem to          other sites and activities. The Endocrine
                                be over.                                                Disrupting Chemicals Special Interest Group held
                                                                                        a very successful workshop in Canberra in
                                ASE membership of FASTS has resulted in a               September on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
                                constant flow of useful information on the              (EDCs), Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care
                                workings of science in the Federal Government           Products (PPCPs) – Ecological Considerations
                                scene and overseas. I have passed just some of          in the Australian Environment. It was attended
                                that on to members, not wanting to clog up              by around 55 participants and Dana Kolpin of
                                everyone’s inbox. FASTS have held five very             USGS, as keynote speaker, outlined the extent of
                                successful annual Science Meets Parliament Days         contamination of EDCs and PPCPs across various
                                (these won a Eureka Prize in 2004), which are           environments in the USA. The range of projects
                                aimed at bringing science issues to the attention       on these chemicals across Australia and New
                                of government and facilitating discussion and           Zealand was very impressive – often small but
                                networking. I hope to be able to attend the next        effective projects on low budgets. More details
                                one on 8th and 9th March 2005.                          are given in a report in Endpoint.
                                In early November, The Minister for Science, The        Once again, I hope that you all have a very
                                Hon Dr Brendan Nelson announced the                     enjoyable and safe Christmas.

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                                          REPORT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL JOINT CONFERENCE “RISK
                                          ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT’ , November 2004, SEOUL, KOREA

                                          Excepts taken from SETAC Globe, Jan/Feb 2005, “Seoul Conference Success by Yong-Hwa Kim, President,
                                          SETAC Asia/Pacific.

                                          The Joint Conference recently held in Seoul,             with one Taiwanese attendee amazed to hear
                                          Korea by SETAC Asia/Pacific in conjunction               an analysis of the industrial risk of the
                                          with the Korean Society of Environmental                 Taiwanese electronics industry presented by a
                                          Toxicology (KOSET) and the Society of Risk               Japanese scientist.
                                          Analysis Japan/Asia (SRA Japan/Asia),                    Five plenary speakers dealt specifically with
                                          exceeded all expectations in both attendance             aspects of risk assessment. They comprised
                                          and the number of contributed posters and                Dr Glenn Suter (scientific trends in ecological
                                          papers. By all criteria, it was a success in             risk assessment in USA), Mr Dave Arnold
                                          continuing our efforts to bring environmental            (ecological risk assessment in Europe), Dr.
                                          toxicology and chemistry to a range of                   Saburo Ikeda (human health risk assessment
                                          countries in our geographic unit.                        in Japan), Dr Shu Tao (POPs monitoring and
                                          The total number of participants was over
                                          210, comprising 131 from Korea, 59 from
                                          Japan, and the remainder from Indonesia,
                                          China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, England,
                                          New Zealand, Australia and the USA.
                                          A total of 53 papers were presented in two
                                          parallel sessions, one dealing with SETAC
                                          subjects (aquatic toxicology, sediment/soil risk
                                          assessment, environmental chemistry, and
                                          environmental risk assessment) and the other
                                          with human health-related subjects (food/
                                          industrial/residential safety, disaster risk
                                          assessment and management, risk perception/
                                          communication and benefit analysis, human                         After the closing ceremony, with some of the
                                          health risk assessment and management, and                        SETAC participants
                                          global issues and insurance). The broad subject
                                          coverage created considerable interest, e.g.                     risk assessment in China), and Dr Dong-
                                                                                                           Chun Shin (general trends of human health
                                         Chris Hickey and Yong-Hwa Kim at the reception                    risk assessment of environmental pollutants
                                                                                                           in Korea).
                                                                                                           Sixty-eight posters were presented in six
                                                                                                           major areas (ecotoxicology, sediment/soil
                                                                                                           quality assessment, food/industrial/
                                                                                                           residential safety, environmental chemistry,
                                                                                                           toxicogenomics, and risk assessment/
                                                                                                           The official opening comprised welcoming
                                                                                                           addresses by the Presidents of KOSET, SRA
                                                                                                           and SETAC Asia/Pacific. SETAC World
                                                                                                           Council President Dr. Chris Hickey also
                                                                                                           gave a presentation describing the goals and
                                                                                                           activities of SETAC.

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   Environmental Side Effects Symposium and Workshop – First
   National level meeting on EDC & PPCP in Australia Rai Kookana, Louis
                                                                                         Tremblay &Richard Lim

   An endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs),             and legislation from overseas and local points of
   pharmaceuticals and personal care products            view. About 20 participants gathered to discuss
   (PPCPs) symposium and workshop was                    1. whether these contaminants are causing harm
   organized by the CSIRO Land and Water,                to our unique environment, 2 summarising the
   Adelaide, and the Australasian Society for            research overseas, 3. developing a framework on
   Ecotoxicology EDC Special Interest Group, in          how we can best address these issues through
   Canberra on the 20th and 21st September to discuss    coordinating our limited resources and expertise
   ecological considerations in the Australasian         in ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, and
   environment. This brought together some 55            risk assessment and management, following the
   participants drawn from scientists from the ASE       framework developed for the dioxins program.
   SIG in EDCs, regulators, resource managers and        The overall outcomes from this two day meeting
   industry stakeholders to interact on a range of       to move the issues related to EDCs and PPCPs
   issues from assessing exposure, fate and risk of      are 1. to continue exchanges and facilitate
   these chemicals, and how these chemicals are          collaboration between various groups, 2. to hold
   currently regulated in relation to human and          an EDC and PPCP session at the next ASE
   environmental health. New Zealand was well            Conference in Melbourne with the production of
   represented in the meeting.                           a proceedings published in the AJE, and 3. to
   The first day was devoted to a symposium with a       produce a position paper on the overall status of
   series of papers presented on these issues. The       the implications of this issue in Australasia.
   plenary lecture was given by Dana Kolpin from         The effort by CSIRO team (Kumar, Ying, Warne
   the USGS who gave us a comprehensive and              and Kookana) for making a major in-kind
   challenging overview of their national monitoring     contribution and hosting Dana Kolpin is
   program on new emerging contaminants. It              appreciated.
   provided us with insights to the range and extents
   of contamination of EDCs and PPCPs across             More information on the meeting is available at:
   various environments in the US. Although the          www.clw.csiro.au/conferences/edc.htm
   research covered an impressive area, it highlighted
   the significant information gaps and challenges       Round-table discussion
   associated with the assessment of the risks of
   multiple low level contaminants to wild life and
   Local researchers presented 12 papers covering
   a number of disciplines and regions. The aspects
   of research human, agricultural, urban legislation
   and regulation, and fate and impacts and risks of
   these emerging chemicals in Australasia. It was
   impressive to know that there were 30 odd
   research projects currently being conducted in
   Australasia, and nearly half of these are low
   budget but important PhD projects
   It was nice to see the coverage of treatment
   technology for this type of compounds, by Prof
   David Waite and Paul Sherman and PPCP issues
   by Simon Costanzo and Alicia Hogan.
   The second day was devoted to a round table                   Some of the delegates
   workshop, chaired by Dr Steve Cork of Land and
   Water Australia, to discuss the status of research

January 2005, Volume 11, Issue 2                                                                    Page 7
                   Regional Reports
                   Jeffrey Rabbidge                                       somewhat removed from my previous teaching
                   Australian Government                                  schedule but a unit I enjoyed teaching
                   Department of the Environment
                   & Heritage                                             immensely. This unit has led me into

                                                                          supervising some Honours students in
                   A focal point for applied                        ACT   aquaculture related fields, in particular Ross
                   ecotoxicology in the ACT has been
                                                                          Fuller will be looking at nutrient removal
                   through the Chemical Assessment Section
                                                                          methods in recirculating systems.
                   (CAS) of the Department of the Environment
                   & Heritage (DEH), Canberra. CAS consists of            Since semester ended I completed a rewarding
                   a team of 9 (several have moved on including           research trip to Townsville and collaborated
                   Gary Fan since the last Newsletter) ecological         with Dr. Kirsten Michalek-Wagner of REEF
                   risk analysts of various scientific backgrounds,       HQ (our final speaker at Interact 2004). We
                   several including ecotoxicology, and all have          completed the first (that I know of) fertilization
                   industry exposure to the application of                toxicity tests on soft corals. We are planning
                   ecotoxicity to chemical registration in                to publish some very interesting results in the
                   Australia. Ecotoxicology is considered crucial         near future.
                   to the ecological risk assessment of chemicals.        Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and
                   CAS advises the Australian Pesticides and              Merry New Year.
                   Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and
                   the National Industrial Chemicals Notification         Ecotoxicology and
                   and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) of NOHSC                Environmental Contaminants
                   on environmental risks specific to the import,         (EEC): Department of
                   manufacture, use and disposal of chemical and
                                                                          Environment & Conservation
                   biological pesticides, veterinary products and
                   industrial chemicals. This advice takes the form       (DEC), NSW
                   of ecological risk assessment reports. About           Ron Patra
                   250 ecological risk assessments of chemicals
                                                                          The newly blended section in the Department
                   are performed each year. The Section has been
                                                                          of Environment & Conservation is known as
                   busy with assessments and representatives have
                                                                          Ecotoxicology          and      Environmental
                   attended conferences in Adelaide on
                                                                          Contaminants (EEC) with some new flavours
                   bioavailability of contaminants in soils, and in
                                                                          (including long-term ASE member Therese
                   Canberra on endocrine disrupting chemicals.
                                                                          Manning) finally made its debut in November
                                      NSW ASE Representative -            with John Chapman as its Head. EEC doesn’t
                                      Mandy Reichelt-Brushett
                                                                          plan to mint its own currency! This section, in
                                        Being NSW representative          addition to supporting the on going work plans,
                                         for ASE is like a walk in        projects, policies of DEC, will also be involved
                                 NSW the park after the 2004
                                                                          in other collaborative projects such as, (a)
                                           conference, workshop           investigation on the sources, effects and fate
                                           and party organisation. I      of contaminants, (b) development of new
                   have set up an email list with all NSW members         passive samplers for agricultural areas, (c) use
                   on it so if anyone would like to further               of a DNA kit for field evaluation of toxicity of
                   communicate with NSW ASE members feel                  waterways, (d) use of amphibians as an
                   free to use me as a contact and distribution           indicator of potential endocrine disrupting
                   point: areichel@scu.edu.au                             pesticides in waterways with Graham Pyke
                   I have just finished a semester teaching a new         (Australian Museum) and Scott Wilson (Aust.
                   unit “Aquaculture Management” which is                 Catholic University). It will also provide advice
                                                                          on biotechnology issues.

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  Ross Hyne with his team, Melissa Aistrope,          for EDCs in waterbodies at Sydney Olympic
  Fleur Pablo, Ron Patra and Simon Rowe just          Park. Larissa Abbott has begun an Honours
  returned from MIA (Murrumbidgee Irrigation          project following the activation and removal
  Area) and CIA (Central Intelli… sorry!              of EDCs through the different stages of
  Coleambally Irrigation Area) after completing       treatment in an Advanced Technology Sewage
  a three weeks initial field survey and sampling     Treatment Plant. Yin Latt Phyu has submitted
  in relation to the projects (b) and (d) mentioned   her PhD on atrazine and molinate and is
  above. There will be more field work in those       awaiting the results. Meanwhile she is
  areas during the rice-growing season. In            beginning a postdoc on the EDC effects of
  collaboration with Sydney University, Moreno        atrazine. Phanchai Menchai has finished the
  Julli with Sunderam and Cheryl Tang started         first year of his PhD and is taking a well-earned
  working on a DNA kit to evaluate whether it         trip back home to Thailand. Phanchai is
  can be used to detect toxicity of samples in the    working with Lukas van Zwieten at NSW DPI
  field and lab.                                      and spends his days playing with worms, and
  Paul Rendell is involved in the monitoring and      making mud pies laced with EDCs to assess
  modelling aspects of a salinity offset project.     the bioavailablity of EDCs in soil and sediment.
  The project is a pilot at this stage examining      Hemantha Dassanayake is in the final stages
  the offset of salt additions to catchments from     of his PhD on how salinity affects the toxicity
  effluent discharges against salt reductions         of pesticides. Stuart Young has just completed
  achieved in the vicinity through remedial action    an Honours project on the impact of bird
  such as improved land management and                feeding on the limnology of urban ponds.
  revegetation.                                       Amanda Rose has finished her honours project
  Yin Latt Phyu has already submitted her PhD         developing a marine copepod toxicity test in
  thesis. She studied the toxicity of atrazine and    collaboration with CSIRO and Sinclair Knight
  molinate to bacteria, algae, worm, shrimp,          Merz.
  water flea and fish. Hemantha Dassanayake has       Felicity Melville, and Cliff, “the best dressed
  finished his lab experiments for his project        man in Ecotox” Seery, and his fashion protégé
  titled effects of salinity on the toxicity of       Dustin Hobbs are all both staring thesis
  chemicals and currently analysing data and          completion in the face. Rachael Smith is not
  writing. Another PhD student, Anh Tran Thi          far behind, still PAMming her days away with
  Kieu, presented a seminar on her PhD work on        algae and stormwater. Peter Marshman is also
  the evaluation of various types of passive          working on storm runoff, and is setting up a
  samplers for polar pesticides.                      battery of tox tests to study the toxicity of runoff
                                                      from a local golf course. Peter is working under
  Institute for Water and                             the watchful eye of Grant Hose, who continues
  Environmental Resource                              to push the boundaries of science with his work
  Management and Department of                        on groundwater bugs and water quality
  Environmental Sciences UTS                          guidelines.

  Grant Hose                                          We are a happy bunch at UTS, and wish our
                                                      valued readers of Endpoint the silliest of silly
  The Ecotox Labs of IWERM and DES are a              seasons.
  hive of activity. Richard Lim and his fearless
  team are looking at endocrine disruptors            Ecotox Services Australasia
  (EDCs) in waterways and wastewater. Anne
                                                      Rick Krassoi
  Colville, Heather Brown and Alec Davie are
  testing for EDCs around sewage treatment            The close of this year also brings to a close our
  plants (STPs) using bioassays (the Estrogen         4th year of operation. This last year saw us
  Receptor Binding Assay and the Yeast Estrogen       move into our new purpose built ecotoxicology
  Screen), and comparing the results with effects     laboratory in Lane Cove, NSW. Much more
  on fish. Chris Rawson is doing a PhD looking        space, but somehow we have managed to fill it

January 2005, Volume 11, Issue 2                                                                  Page 9
already. Fortunately we have been                  Honours work, where he developed Toxicity
exceptionally busy over this last year, which      Identification Evaluation (TIE) protocols with
has allowed us to pay for the expansion. There     microlagae using the Toxy-PAM. His PhD
are 2 danger period for new companies, the first   project has just commenced and he will be
being the startup year where cashflow becomes      investigating the sensitivity of invertebrates to
(painfully!) critical, and the second in the       metals in waters (pore waters and overlying
period of growth a few years after, where to       waters) and sediments (different particulate
costs of expansion can easily swamp the ship.      phases and food sources) with the overall
I hope we now have sailed through the second.      objective of determining robust sediment
If anyone is contemplating a small business in     quality guidelines. While Dianne Jolley
this area, I can highly recommend the RACI         presented Brad’s poster at the RACI conference
Consultants and Contractors group, who             for him, he was in sunny Qld (Port Curtis),
regularly hold seminars in Sydney to help with     collecting samples for the next phase of his
various aspects of starting and managing a         work. Brad is currently determining the sources
small to medium sized enterprise.                  of metals in the harbour and surrounds, to
This year Chris Doyle and I have had the           investigate and model the effects of different
pleasure of being joined by Ben Turner and Liz     copper pulse scenarios, and also to develop a
Kellaway as our Technical and Administrative       copper bioaccumulation assay.
Officers, respectively. We also have a new         Anthony has started getting his hands dirty,
website, at www.ecotox.com.au                      collecting mud and water samples for the first
                                                   leg of the new Environmental Trust grant. He
So Merry Christmas and a warm thankyou to
                                                   is currently researching some of the indirect
all our colleagues in ASE who we have had the
                                                   effects contaminated sediments may be having
pleasure of working with over the year and who
                                                   on the functioning of benthic assemblages. This
have supported our growth in these early days.
                                                   component is in its initial phase of creating
CSIRO, Centre for Environmental                    food-webs of several contaminated and
Contaminants Research                              uncontaminated locations using carbon and
                                                   nitrogen isotopes. Considerable effort has been
Monique Binet                                      placed on refining techniques which separate
The Centre is busy as usual, with students         the meiofaunal and microfloral components of
ploughing their way through their work and         the sediments in order to obtain clean,
staff preparing themselves for the commercial      independent signatures.
onslaught that follows the lull over Christmas.    Amanda Rose has completed her honours
Congratulations to Dave Spadaro who has            project and didn’t get to enjoy the post-honours
recently made the leap into married life. Having   stage of relaxation for too long, as she has
only just returned from his honeymoon in the       recently started her new job with the National
Caribbean, he is now knee deep in mud (so to       Measurement Institute. Congratulation
speak), as he tests sediments from the Derwent     Amanda and good luck with the new job!
Estuary in Tasmania.                               Felicity Melville gave her final PhD seminar
Some of our PhD students recently attended         last week, where she presented some interesting
the RACI, R & D Students Conference in             results on the use of micro- and macro-algae
Melbourne, which I’m told was a big success.       as bioindicators of pollution in rivers from the
Jacqui Levy presented her preliminary work         Sydney region. We now wish her all the luck
investigating the relationship between algal       (and sanity) in the world for that dreaded final
taxonomic groups and their sensitivities to        PhD task of finishing up the thesis and
metals. She plans to then compare modes of         manuscripts!
toxicity and detoxification between copper-        Graeme Batley, Jenny Stauber and Stuart
tolerant and copper-sensitive algae, and in        Simpson recently attended the World SETAC
particular to investigate the effect of biofilms   Congress in Portland, Oregon, USA. Stu was
on copper toxicity. Dave Strom presented his       invited to be a speaker at the preceding

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  workshop on in situ techniques in sediment          writing up her thesis on the effects of pesticides
  quality assessment. Jenny has been kept out of      on freshwater food chains while working as an
  her office with regular meetings, including a       RA on an LWA funded project. Warren Davies
  trip to Hanoi, Vietnam for WHO.                     who was a student rep for ASE in 2002 is now
  Janine has taken on her industrial traineeship      working for the Vic EPA Marine Sciences
  with great vigour and enthusiasm, despite the       Division focusing on water quality in the
  constant flow of commercial activities that has     Gippsland Region. Dayanthi presented 3
  kept Merrin, Monique and Janine busy in the         papers at SETAC Europe 2004 (courtesy of her
  labs. The three girls have been working on          excellent research students) in Prague and was
  various toxicity-testing projects with dredged      an invited keynote speaker at the 2nd Asian
  sediments, sewage effluents, mine-impacted          SECOTOX Conference held in Samila Beach
  waters and agricultural chemicals.                  Hotel, Thailand and returned even more tanned
                                                      than she usually is!
  The Centre would like to wish all Endpoint
                                                      Susan Duda at the DPI Queenscliff and Jackie
  readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New
                                                      Myers from Deakin University completed their
  Year, and above all Enjoy the Silly Season!
                                                      research on marine antifouling paints and have
                          Dayanthi Nugegoda
                                                      submitted their results for publication. Jackie
                   Plans for the 2005                 was awarded a First Class Honours and is now
                   conference have progressed         researching for her PhD at Deakin and Monash
                   in leaps and bounds since the      in between her duties as Student Rep on our
           Vic     last newsletter. Carolyn           Melbourne Conference organizing committee
                   Brumley VP our Conference          – brave young lady that she is!
                   Chair has with her usual
                                                      Ecotoxicological research is still alive and well
  efficiency, had us meeting very regularly
                                                      in Victoria though we have been rather quiet
  resulting in excellent progress with our
                                                      about it. You will see heaps of evidence at the
  conference plans. Golders consulting and
                                                      Melbourne conference so do join us.
  Melbourne Water have been very supportive
  of our meetings. See the article in this issue of
  Endpoint for conference details and key dates.      Monique Gagnon
                                                      Curtin University of Technology
  Much has happened in the ecotoxicological                                                WA
  labs at RMIT in the past year but newsworthy        Ecotoxicology continues to
  is that Shahnaz Khan graduated on the 15th          thrive in WA, with ASE
  Dec with her PhD. Shahnaz investigated the          sandgropers being busier than
  effects of trace metals on the yabby Cherax         ever. Our newest ASE member, Paul Robinson
  destructor. Carol Scarpaci was awarded her          from IT Environmental, is working on
  PhD for her study on the impacts of ecotourism      contaminated soils and groundwater – a rare
  on dolphins in Port Phillip Bay, both under the     but sought after expertise! Welcome to the ASE
  supervision of Dayanthi Nugegoda. Dayanthi          Paul! In a related field of research, Robert
  and Vin Pettigrove from Melbourne Water co-         Hughes from Murdoch University is
  supervised two interesting projects on the          commencing his PhD project on the induced
  biomonitoring of trace metals in Melbourne          effects of on-site domestic wastewater systems
  Wetlands conducted by Joanne E. Kearns (who         on soil engineers such as mites, earthworms
  graduated with First Class Honours from RMIT        and beetles. Some of our research students have
  in 2004 and won an APA at Melbourne                 completed (well, almost) their PhD projects and
  University), and Steve Marshall, both funded        have found employment in WA. Anthony Black
  by Melbourne water. Salinity as an ecosystem        is now working with Parsons Brinkeroff as a
  stressor is the focus of the research of Ben        consultant, while at Curtin University Diane
  Kefford, Liliana Zalizniak and Kathryn Hassell.     Webb is engaging in a 3-year project on the
  Ben is ready to submit his PhD and has been         contribution of urban drains to the health (or
  appointed a research fellow and Liliana is          lack of it) of the Swan-Canning Estuary.

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Monique Gagnon is also initiating, in               workshop was hosted by Jae Oh Ryoung,
collaboration with the petroleum exploration        Korean Ocean Research and Development
industry, a major project on the chronic toxicity   Institute (KORDI), then of Ansan, Korea).
of drilling fluids to fish – potential candidates   There were representatives at this workshop
should contact Monique (08 9266 3723,               from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA,
m.gagnon@curtin.edu.au) as she has one PhD          China, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Chile,
scholarship to offer on this project. Yuri          Thailand, Russia and Vietnam. Australia was
Tsvetnenko is dividing his efforts between two      represented by Heather Chapman, then of
main projects, the first investigating mine lake    Griffith University, Nathan Campus.
waters and the second assessing the potential       At the second workshop in Australia in July
of native plant extracts for medicinal uses. Luke   2004 the same countries were represented with
Neil, working with Yuri as a PhD student, is        the exception of Russia and Hong Kong.
developing toxicity testing in these fields. As     Seafood safety and protection of seafood
for Jill Woodworth, well… Jill must have more       sources in particular was cited as a workshop
than 24-h in a day. She is working at Geotech       focus due to problems with seafood
as a consultant, as well as teaching at TAFE        contaminated with persistent organic
and at Edith Cowen University. On top of it all,    contaminants. It was agreed that by maintaining
she is organising our 2006 ASE Meeting in           the marine biomonitoring theme of the first
Perth !!!                                           workshop in subsequent activities we will cover
And of course, the entire WA group is still         issues about cause and effects relationships for
celebrating the return of Dr Tarren Reitsema to     use in risk assessment processes and input into
Perth. Metamorphosed by a 2-year sojourn in         marine environmental management processes.
Canada, the Imposex Man has become the              Proper environmental management ensures
Algae Man, as Tarren is now working in the          seafood safety as well as other aspects like
Department of Environment on the                    ecosystem integrity. A combination of seminar
management of algal blooms in the Swan-             presentations, field research and laboratory
Canning Estuary. Welcome back Tarren!               activities were conducted during the
                 Heather Chapman                    workshops.
                CRC Water Quality and
                Treatment, Queensland Health
                                                    Depending on successful funding it is hoped
        Q                                           that the third workshop will be held in China
                Scientific Services

              Janet Cumming, a new ASE              in 2006.
              student member at Griffith            You probably all received the notification from
              University, is to be the recipient    Jochen Mueller about the two PhD scholarships
of next years Proctor and Gamble SETAC              he will be offering, but the information is
postgraduate fellowship for research in             repeated below. We are/will be looking for 2
environmental science. See http://                  PhD students as part of 2 ARC-Discovery
www.setac.org/prt_pr_png.html for more              Grants and they should start the next year. The
information and quotes from Janet.                  topics are:
The APEC Marine Resources Conservation              1. Evaluation of dioxin emission from
Working Group – Workshop MRC02/2004 was             bushfires.
held at Griffith Centre for Coastal Management,     Supervision: Jochen Mueller (Entox-UQ);
Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus in July      Caroline Gaus (Entox-UQ) and Mick (Carl
2004. The first workshop “Modern Approaches         Meyer - CSIRO Atmos. Res.)
to Linking Exposure to Toxic Compounds to
Biological Responses” was held in Ansan,            2. Development of a biosensor for continous
Korea in 2002. The project overseer was             monitoring of nutrients in aquatic systems.
Dmitry Aminin (Pacific Institute of Bioorganic      Supervision: Jochen Mueller (Entox-UQ);
Chemistry, Valdistovskok, Russia) and the           Peter Ridd (JCU); maybe Ulrich Schreiber
                                                    (Uni. Wuerzburg)
For more info anybody can try to call Jochen        day our new Post-Doc Kris Broos arrived. Kris
on 07-30009197 or try Paxy (Chris Paxman)           is a fairly shy, quiet, reserved type so although
on 07-32749060 if you can’t find Jochen.            he attended the last ASE conference not many
                                                    of you will remember him!! Four months later
News from Hydrobiology                              I arrived. Then Dr Tapas Biswas resigned about
Ross Smith                                          a month later (man I didn’t realize I was that
                                                    scary). We have finally replaced him with Diane
We finally managed to complete our evaluation       Heemsbergen who started at the beginning of
of testing methods for STP effluent monitoring
                                                    November. You will all get to meet her at the
– many thanks to all who were involved in that
                                                    Melbourne ASE meeting. We also have six
project. The implementation phase has been put      technicians in our team; Bernie Zarcinas,
out to tender, so it is not known yet who will      Gillian Cozens, Michelle Smart, Catherine
be continuing the work. We have also been busy      Fiebiger, Bogumila Tomczak and Cameron
implementing biomonitoring for several clients      Baldock. So together with Mike McLaughlin
in Australia and overseas. At the moment Sue        (who stayed put through all these changes) we
Codi-King is helping to trial some enzyme           have our terrestrial ecotoxicology team
markers for process reagents and residual           complete - having expertise in microbial (at
cyanide exposures in a tributary of the Mekong.     both functional and genetic levels), invertebrate
Sampling for that project was particularly          and plant toxicity testing, soil geochemistry,
difficult, with late monsoonal rains flooding the   analytical chemistry at trace and ultra-trace
river to above bank-full levels. Shane Langdon      levels, modelling and hazard & risk assessment.
had to resort to setting gill nets among banana
crops at one stage in order to collect specimens.   We are working on two large field-based
We have also been assisted by Jenny Stauber         research projects - both on the ecotoxicology
and Rick Krassoi in an assessment of pre- and       of metal salts (Cd, Cu and Zn) and biosolids
post-placement sediment toxicity for harbour        (the solids that remain after sewage treatment)
maintenance dredging. This has been an              that are applied to land. The first is the National
interesting project, not least for the amount of    Biosolids Research Project (NBRP) where we
natural toxicity that has been measured,            have 17 field sites located in Qld (5), NSW (2),
including at our national park reference site.      Vic (5), SA (3) and WA (2). This project runs
Dustin Hobbs has joined the Hydrobiology            for 4 years and we are examining the effects of
team from UTS. He is currently learning some        the metals and biosolids to a variety of crops,
basic consultancy skills, like proposal writing     soil micro-organisms, earthworms and soil
and construction of flat-pack office furniture.     chemistry over time. This project is rather large
We have also moved to new premises to make          and is generating vast amounts of data which
room for some additional staff. So if you need      are still being entered into a SQL database (a
to find us we are now at 47 Park Road, having       more powerful, space efficient and faster
moved all the way from number 41.                   database similar to Access). We are taking 122
                                                    measurements for every pair of soil and plant
                 Terrestrial Ecotoxicology          samples collected and so far we have collected
                 at CSIRO L&W                       4500 soil/plant samples and we still have one
     SA                                             more year to go. So when we have finished we
                 Dr Michael Warne
                 Centre for Environmental           will have approximately 750 000 data points
                 Contaminants Research, CSIRO       (no this is not a typo). This may well be the
It certainly has been a busy nine months since      largest single ecotoxicology study conducted
I left the NSW DEC, Sydney and aquatic              in Australasia. Needless to say just looking after
ecotoxicology and moving to CSIRO, Adelaide         the database has been quite a large job – but as
and terrestrial ecotoxicology. It has also been     you can imagine there are going to be quite a
a year of staff turn over, in our part of CSIRO.    considerable number of papers coming from
First of all Daryl Stevens resigned (creating the   this project.
position that I moved into) and finished up the
The second project is being funded by the          sewage is still untreated, there is an urgent need
Australian Centre for International Agricultural   to upgrade the HATS. The Government has
Research (ACIAR) also for four years. This         proposed Stage 2 of HATS with a view to
project has the same experimental design as        providing additional facilities to convey all
the NBRP except that effects on soil micro-        sewage from the Harbour area to Stonecutters
organisms and earthworms are not being             Island for chemical treatment and disinfection,
examined. A total of eight sites are located in    and subsequent biological treatment. Although
Thailand (3) and Northern (3) and Southern (2)     there are options and technologies available to
Vietnam.                                           upgrade the existing system, cost-effectiveness
We have just completed our final project review    and environmental benefit analyses have to
for the ACIAR project that was held in Vietnam.    been thoughtfully considered. Over the last
This involved two days of presentations to the     two, the Government has received views/
reviewers followed by a one day workshop at        comments from Hong Kong citizens and will
which the results to date, were presented to       make decision on HATS stage 2 by early 2005.
Vietnamese environmental and primary               For more details, please visit http://
industry regulators and academics. The             www.cleanharbour.gov.hk.
reviewers report was very favourable and we
hope to obtain an extension of the project.        Recent Activities in Hong Kong

On the 8th December we will be hosting a joint     Between November and December, an
meeting of the Australian and New Zealand          international conference on persistent toxic
researchers working on biosolids in Sydney.        substances and an UN training workshop on
The aim of this is to determine what the other     integrated environmental Impact Assessment
groups are doing and examine the potential for     were held in Hong Kong.
collaboration, staff exchanges etc.                The      International       Conference        on
We wish you all a very merry, joyous and safe      Environmental and Public Health
Xmas and New Year and look forward to              Management: Persistent Toxic Substances, was
catching up or meeting you all at the Melbourne    held from 17-19 November 2004, at Hong
Conference.                                        Kong Baptist University. The themes included
                                                   (1), Impact of PTS on the environment and
HONG KONG                                          human health; (2), Fate, persistence,
                                                   distribution and ecotoxicological impacts; (3),
Kenny Mei Yee Leung
The University of Hong Kong
                                                   Sources and root causes of PTS;
                                                   (4).Identification of priority objectives for PTS
Clean Harbour of Hong Kong
                                                   management and (5), Case studies of health
In order to make Hong Kong’s famous Victoria       issues.
Harbour cleaner and healthier, the Hong Kong       A Training Workshop on Integrated
Government has already invested over US$ 1         Environmental Impact Assessment for Coastal
billion to implement the Harbour Area              and Marine Areas, was organised by United
Treatment Scheme (HATS), which is an overall       Nations      Development      Programme/
sewage collection and treatment scheme for         International Maritime Organization, City
areas on both sides of the Harbour. Stage 1 of     University of Hong Kong and Centre of Marine
HATS was completed in December 2001 and            Environmental Research and Innovative
it involved the construction of 23.6 km deep       Technology (MERIT). It was held at City
tunnels, each day carrying 1.4 million tonnes      University from 29 November to 4 December.
of sewage from the harbour areas (75% of the       There were more than 30 participants from
total amount) to a chemically enhanced primary     developing countries, including Cambodia,
sewage treatment plant at Stonecutters Island,     China, Malaysia, Philippine, Thailand,
one of the largest and most efficient plants of    Vietnam, etc. plus 10 local postgraduate
its kind in the world. As 25% of the Harbour       students.

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  Forthcoming Event:

  There will be a special Xmas seminar which is
  organised by the Swire Institute of Marine
  Science, the University of Hong Kong (HKU)
  and Centre of Marine Environmental Research               Desperately seeking articles, ads,
  and Innovative Technology (MERIT). The                    thoughts, letters
  speaker is Prof. Richard F. Lee (Skidaway
  Institute of Oceanography, University System
  of Georgia, Georgia, USA) who will talk about                 Desperately seeking articles, ads,
  “Effects of contaminated sediments on grass                   thoughts, letters
  shrimp embryo development and DNA” on 22
  Dec (5 pm) at HKU.

                                                          Desperately seeking articles, ads,
  PhD student for endocrine                               thoughts, letters
  disruption research project

  We have been awarded an ARC Linkage grant
                                                             Desperately seeking articles, ads,
  to conduct research on the impact of endocrine
                                                             thoughts, letters
  disrupting compounds (EDCs) in sewage
  contaminated waters in the Sydney basin. We
  have an APAI scholarship ($24,148 p.a. over               Desperately seeking articles, ads,
  three years) on offer for a PhD student. The              thoughts, letters
  potential student should have a good Honours
  degree with expertise in ecotoxicology and/or
  biochemistry or physiology or related fields.
  The research will involve assessing the
  endocrine disrupting effects of sewage                   Desperately seeking articles,
  contaminated waters and STP effluent using in            ads, thoughts, letters
  vitro and in vivo endpoints. It will involve field
  and laboratory studies.

  Please contact:
                                                                  Desperately seeking articles, ads,
  Assoc. Prof. Richard Lim for more details at
                                                                  thoughts, letters
  R.Lim@uts.edu.au or phone: 02 9514 4037 or
  mail to Department of Environmental Sciences,
                                                           Desperately seeking articles, ads,
  University of Technology, Sydney, PO Box
                                                           thoughts, letters
  123, Broadway, NSW 2007.

                                                                Desperately seeking articles, ads,
                                                                thoughts, letters

                                                       Desperately seeking articles, ads,
                                                       thoughts, letters

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             RESPONSE TO QUINELL et al (2004)
                                                                            Below is a response by Gary Fan to Munro
                                                                            Mortimers challenge - Good on ya Gazza!

             By Gary Fan, Gary.Fan@deh.gov.au

             In response to Munro Mortimer’s call for a           in both the pore water and adsorbed to soil/

             debate on the paper by Quinnell et al (2004) in      sediment particles (both of which can be
             the 11(1) August 2004 edition of Endpoint, I         ingested, taken up dermally and via gills) is
             would like to add a few comments.                    important. Surely the main point to know is
                                                                  the chemical concentration associated with the
             As Munro said, this paper doesn’t present any
                                                                  dominant uptake route, which may be through
             new research, but it is just a proposed new way
                                                                  pore water.
             of looking at how chemicals are taken up into
             cells. The authors contend that the traditionally    If the truly dissolved solute isn’t responsible
             held view that only the truly dissolved fraction     for toxicological effects, then many aquatic
             of a chemical is bioavailable for uptake is false,   toxicology studies, that generally have low
             as chemicals cannot freely diffuse across cell       dissolved organic carbon concentrations in the
             membranes (and hence into cells or organisms),       dilution water to which contaminants could
             regardless of the properties of the chemical (ie.    adsorb, should not show adverse effects. One
             hydrophobic or hydrophilic). This is probably        reason why these studies do show effects may
             true to some degree although to what extent I        be that the “freely dissolved” chemical (for
             don’t know. I do know that very hydrophobic          those that are hydrophobic anyway) are
             chemicals often get trapped in the waxy cuticle      actually associated with micelles or liposomes
             of plant leaves rather than pass into the            that form spontaneously from phospholipids in
             “circulatory” system for translocation to other      water and soil. As well, hydrophobic chemicals
             parts of the plant.                                  would tend to partition to surfaces, including
                                                                  the organisms being exposed. So while the
             The authors go on to say that chemicals
                                                                  authors may be correct that the “freely
             adsorbed to larger metabolically essential
                                                                  dissolved” chemical isn’t always responsible
             molecules (concealment) or those that mimic
                                                                  for observed effects, there are a variety of
             essential molecules (similarity) are much more
                                                                  uptake routes (not necessarily concealment or
             bioavailable and cross the cell membrane to a
                                                                  similarity) which may be responsible.
             greater extent than the freely dissolved
             chemical. Therefore, ecotoxicologists should         Generally, I doubt this paper will revolutionise
             be measuring the amount of bound chemicals,          ecotox research in Australia or the world. It
             rather than the freely dissolved, and comparing      poses a couple of interesting things to think
             that to adverse effects observed. While I’d          about, but that’s about it. It does present a good
             agree that concealment and similarity probably       overview of several cell biological processes,
             occur, their relative importance is debatable.       which brought back vague memories of uni
                                                                  courses (this subject was turgid back then too!).
             Also, they feel that the bound chemicals that
                                                                  Overall, something to consider, but research
             are ingested are much more important to
                                                                  will probably continue in its current direction
             bioavailability than traditionally thought as
                                                                  with possibly a new sidetrack due to this paper.
             these are transported across the cell membrane
             by a variety of mechanisms.
             Therefore measuring the concentration of
             chemicals in soil/sediment pore water is pretty
             much a waste of time. While there is probably
             some truth to the first statement, chemicals
             enter organisms by a variety of uptake routes,
             and knowing the concentrations of chemical

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   ASE President’s Report – 9 December                  3. Next ASE Conference – University of
   2004 – Highlights only                                   Melbourne, 25th-28th September 2005
                                                         You have, hopefully, all seen the First
        1. ASE and FASTS

                                                                                                     PRESIDENT’S REPORT
                                                         Announcement forms for ASE 2005.
         The constant flow of information material       Carolyn Brumley has been busy in
         from FASTS has continued, and it has been       getting things to this stage and is
         a balancing act to ensure that material         confident that all is going well to date.
         relevant to many members is forwarded           ASE engaged Helliars City Solicitors to
         without clogging up everyone’s inbox. I         view the contract between Melbourne
         was not able to attend the FASTS AGM on         University and ASE for the provision of
         24th November but Tom Spurling, Dean,           the conference venue and other services,
         Faculty of Engineering and Industrial           and the Uni took on many of the
         Sciences, Swinburne University of               comments and clarified others that
         Technology, was elected as FASTS                appeared to be contentious. For instance,
         President. If anyone is interested in seeing    the intellectual property provisions were
         the Minutes of the AGM, please let me           only for the website and not such things
         know. The next Science Meets Parliament         as Proceedings, while some other
         Day is 8th and 9th March 2005. The first        clauses were standard. This has now
         morning will incorporate a National Press       been signed. Insurance coverage is being
         Club address by the Minister for Science,       negotiated at present.
         The Hon. Dr. Brendan Nelson, in his first       Carolyn will provide a separate status
         major speech since being re-elected. The        report on progress on planning and
         afternoon program will be targeted at first     budget.
         time participants and FASTS will ensure        4. 2006 Conference - Perth
         adequate discussion time and networking         There has been quite a bit of action
         opportunities.                                  regarding preparation for the 2006
         Dr Jade Sharples has accepted an                conference. Jill Woodworth has been
         appointment as Science and Research             leading negotiations with RACI in Perth,
         Adviser to Brendan Nelson. Dr Sharples          assisted by Monique Gagnon and
         commenced her studies in Biological             Marilyn Bennet-Chambers, and several
         Sciences at UWS and more recently, has          planning meetings have been held. ASE
         managed the science portfolio for the           Council gave strong support out of
         British High Commission. She will also          session to having the conference at Perth
         provide a contact point within Brendan          and this has enabled Jill to confidently
         Nelson’s office for peak science bodies,        commence seeking ideas on Plenary/
         research agencies and the broader               Keynote speakers and other matters. Jill
         scientific community.                           is establishing a bank account and
                                                         expects that ASE will provide $5000
        2. Joint        ASE/RACI          Interact
                                                         seed money as before, with a similar
            Conference, July 2004, Gold Coast
                                                         profit-sharing arrangement to the 2004
         Mandy Reichelt-Brushett has forwarded
         the final report for the 2004 conference.
         The total profit for the conference was         5. 2008 Conference – SETAC World
         around $6,600 with ASE’s share                      Congress
         amounting to $1,748.75. I noticed that         SETAC Asia-Pacific was successful in
         Mandy designed the Interact logo – well        arranging the SETAC World Congress for
         done Mandy – and Ross Smith designed           Sydney in 2008. Few details are available
         the website – both free of charge. It was      yet but no doubt Graeme Batley would be
         good to see a strong ASE involvement.          looking to ASE to provide strong support
                                                        to the Congress and its preparation. If

January 2005, Volume 11, Issue 2                                                          Page 17
                      anyone would like to volunteer to assist      The SIG plans to hold an EDC and PPCP
                      (maybe as a pre-emptive strike against        session at the 2005 ASE Conference in
                      being co-opted), please contact Graeme at     Melbourne with the production of a
                      Graeme.Batley@csiro.au. As dates for          proceedings published in the AJE, and to
                      Perth and Sydney are finalised, decisions     produce a position paper on the overall
                      about a 2007 conference will become           status of the implications of this issue in
                      clearer.                                      Australasia.
                       6. ASE Website                               8. Other Special Interest Group
                        The new website has been up for the past        Meetings

                        couple of months, thanks to Fred             The Sydney Group meeting planned for
                        Leusch, and everything seems to be           December did not eventuate. Scott
                        going smoothly. Fred will soon include a     Wilson would appreciate contributions

                        counter on the website that will allow us    on ideas for speakers for a meeting in
                        to keep track of access statistics (e.g.     February or March.
                        country of access, time of day, number      9. The future of Australasian Journal of
                        of people coming to the website, etc).          Ecotoxicology
                        Fred has stated that if anyone from          I was recently in contact with Andrew
                        council wishes to implement something        Stammer of CSIRO by email (he is
                        on the website, he will be more than         currently overseas). He indicated that he
                        happy to see what can be done about it.      would be pleased to reopen discussion
                       7. SIG on Endocrine Disruptors                on publishing the Australasian Journal of
                       A two-day Workshop was held on 20th and       Ecotoxicology and asked me to let him
                       21st September in Canberra on Endocrine       know how we would like to proceed,
                       Disrupting       Chemicals        (EDCs),     whether we would need a revised
                       Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care             proposal, and what has changed at our
                       Products (PPCPs) – Ecological                 end. I have yet to get back to him but
                       Considerations in the Australian              will discuss further with Mike
                       Environment. Around 55 participants           McLaughlin and Scott Markich to begin
                       attended and Dana Kolpin of USGS, as          developing a more mutually acceptable
                       keynote speaker, outlined the extent of       set of conditions for CSIRO to take over
                       contamination of EDCs and PPCPs across        publishing .
                       various environments in the USA in their     10. A Strategic Plan for ASE
                       national monitoring program on new            I have not made any progress on
                       emerging contaminants. Presentations          preparing a 5-10 year Strategic Plan for
                       from Australian and New Zealand               ASE. This is a project for Council to
                       researchers covered a wide range of often     consider over a period of time.
                       low-budget projects, there being about 30    11. Insurance or incorporation?
                       such projects under way.
                       About 20 participants attended the           Unless Munro has made recent progress
                       second day, with a round table               with evaluation of insurance options, I
                       workshop, chaired by Dr Steve Cork of        have not progressed this further. Any
                       Land and Water Australia, to discuss the     consideration of the companion issue of
                       status of research and legislation and to    whether ASE should be an “incorporated
                       develop a framework on how best to           society”, which was raised at the AGM,
                       address these issues. The framework          will depend on investigations into
                       developed for the dioxins program was        appropriate insurance.
                       considered a good model. It is expected
                       that exchanges and collaboration
                       between various groups will continue.

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                                                                         January 2005, Volume 11, Issue 2
    Attention All Students!!
           ASE Student Prize
          Applications Close                                    ASE Award for
            31 March 2005                                        Excellence
  ASE is now calling for nominations for the
  annual student prize for the best Honours             Call for Nominations by
  thesis submitted at an Australasian University              30 April 2005
  in 2004. If you are a member of ASE and
  have submitted an Honours thesis anytime in         Nominations are now invited for the ASE
  2004, you are eligible for the prize, which         Award for Excellence to be given for the best
  consists of a trophy, a cash prize of $500 and      paper, book, review or any peer-reviewed
  a travel grant of $500 to give an oral              publication relevant to the ASE’s interests (as
  presentation at the next ASE conference in          defined by the Society’s aim). The award
  Melbourne in September, 2005.                       will be made every 2 years, with the recipient
  Details of what is required are given below.        expected to give an oral presentation at the
  1. The prize is offered for the best Honours        next ASE conference.
      thesis submitted at an Australasian             Conditions of the award:
      University in 2004.                             1. The nominee must be a member of ASE
  2. The criteria will be excellence in the field         in the year of nomination and have been
      of ecotoxicology                                    a member for at least the two preceding
  3. The Nomination should include:                       years.
  · three copies of the thesis                        2. The nominee should submit a single
  · name and brief CV of the nominee (no                  written scientific work published during
      more than 2 pages)                                  the previous five calendar years
  · official statement of Honours result              3. The nomination should include:
  · a letter of support from the supervisor(s)        · The written publication
      and a statement that the thesis is in its       · A statement outlining the value of the
      originally submitted form                           contribution to the field of ecotoxicology
  1. The ASE Council will appoint a judging           · For individual nominations from a multi-
      panel of ASE members to make a                      authored publication, a statement from all
      recommendation for the award if                     co-authors outlining the contribution of
      nominations are of an appropriate                   the nominee
      standard.                                       4. Nominations should be sent to Dr John
  2. Applications should be submitted by                  Chapman by 30 April 2005
      31 March 2005 to Dr John Chapman

                                           Dr John Chapman
                                           Department of Environment & Conservation
                                           PO Box 29, Lidcombe NSW 1825
                                           Phone (02) 9995 5181

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Closing date: 6 January 2005.                      Projects (of $3,000-$45,000) should
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                                                   January 2005.
in grant funding over three years for projects
to conserve biodiversity hotspots in South-East    Applicants should perform at least one of the
Asia and the Pacific. Current RNHP Priority        key components of environmental education
Areas include: Indonesia (especially Sumatra),     in support of ecological sustainability; raising
East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam,             awareness; acquiring new perspectives;
Philippines and Pacific Island countries.          developing knowledge, values and skills; and
                                                   changing behaviour.
Funding is available for projects delivered in
partnership with non-government organisations      NHT Envirofund
(NGOs) to help conserve globally-significant
biodiversity hotspots currently under threat in    Grants for Community groups and individuals
our region.                                        of up to $30,000 to carry out on-ground and
                                                   other actions to target local problems. Grants
Applications for grants of between $25,000 and     of up to $50,000 may also be possible.
$500,000 are now invited. Funding outside this
range may be considered. Those eligible to         Closing date: 18 February 2005.
apply include organisations actively involved      Fulbright New Century Scholar Award
in biodiversity conservation projects in the
region.                                            www.cies.org
Applications must target strategic priorities in   Closing date: 1 February 2005
South-East Asia and the Pacific for biodiversity   Brings together 25-30 outstanding research
conservation, preferably in one or more of the     scholars and professionals from around the
following countries: Indonesia, East Timor,        world to engage in multidisciplinary
Vietnam, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea         collaboration of the highest quality on a topic
and Pacific Island Nations.                        of substantial global significance. In 2004 the
                                                   focus was “Toward Equality: The Global
                                                   Empowerment of Women”.

                                                   Churchill Fellowships
                                                   Closing date: 28 February 2005

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  Landcare Australia, Bundaberg Rum                  strengthen international research experience for
  Bush Fund                                          junior researchers at both postdoctoral and
  www.landcareaustralia.com.au                       postgraduate levels; and enhance existing, and
                                                     develop new, collaborations among senior
  Any Landcare or community group tackling           researchers; i.e. for Australian-based
  water quality projects. Applications must          researchers towards the direct costs of the
  address water quality issues within the local      collaboration (travel, subsistence and
  area. This may be within a river, lake, stream,    consumables). At the time of application the
  creek, or as part of the wider catchment. Grants   first named chief investigator must be a CI on
  of $1,000-5,000                                    at least one ARC grant under discovery,
  Closing date: 31 March 2005                        linkage, the special research centres scheme or
                                                     the key centres of teaching and research
  Australian Centre for International                scheme.
  Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
  www.aciar.gov.au                                   Humboldt (Alexander von) Foundation
  R&D Development Projects, $50,000 to over          www.avh.de
  1m                                                 Humboldt Research Fellowships for Foreign
  Supports bilateral research and development in     Post-Docs
  a broad range of agricultural areas, including     EUR 2,100 -3,000 , 6-12 months, Enables
  crop production and protection, animal health      highly qualified foreign scholars holding PhD
  and animal production, fisheries, forestry, land   to carry out research projects of their own
  and water resources management and                 choice in Germany. Research awards are
  postharvest technology and also economic and       offered on a worldwide competitive basis and
  policy issues concerned with the management        scholars from all nations and disciplies may
  of agricultural systems and natural resources.     apply. Applicants must not be over the age of
  Australian Research Council, Linkage               40.

  www.arc.gov.au                                     The Institutional Grants Scheme (IGS),
                                                     Department of Education, Science &
  No closing date - for continuous assessment        Training (DEST)
  International Awards, $5000+ up to 3 years,
  Awards are to build links between research
                                                     Available to higher education institutions only.
  centres of excellence in Australia and overseas
                                                     Supports the higher education institutions
  by funding extended collaborations. To build
                                                     research and research training activities, and
  strong ongoing collaborations between
                                                     allows them to fund their activities in
  research groupings or centres of excellence in
                                                     accordance with their own strategic
  Australia and overseas, involving the exchange
  of researchers at both senior and junior levels;

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January 2005, Volume 11, Issue 2
               WHAT’S ON?
               10 - 11 January 2005. 12th SETAC Europe              Abstract submissions: closed
               LCA Case Studies Symposium. Integrated               Earlybird registration closes: 22 December
               Product Policy and Life-Cycle Assessment             2004

               Implementation in Value Chains: Experiences,         Registrations close: 1 March 2005
               Tools, and Databases with Special Focus on           Go to www.clw.csiro.au/conferences/
               Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. SETAC            8thICOBTE
               Europe / ISIE Joint Meeting.
               Bologna, Italy.                                      22 - 26 May 2005. SETAC Europe 15th
                                                                    Annual Meeting.
               Abstract submissions: closed
                                                                    Lille, France.
               Go to www.setaceu.org/meet12thlca.html
                                                                    The theme for the 15th Annual Meeting of
               13 - 16 February 2005. Decon Downunder:              SETAC Europe “The Raison d’Être of
               International Conference on the Removal or           environmental toxicology and chemistry: From
               Destruction of Highly Toxic Chemical and             obvious to tedious effects in a changing world”
               Biological Contamination.                            reflects the present trend where heavy point-
               Melbourne, Australia.                                source pollution is to be replaced by diffuse
               Jointly sponsored by Australia’s Defence             releases of contaminants at lower levels. This
               Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)           makes ecotoxicological effects more difficult to
               and the U.S. Joint Science and Technology            detect and interpret. As environmental
               Office (JSTO) for Chemical and Biological            concentrations of pollutants reduce, natural
               Defense.                                             stressors may appear dominant confounding
               The first conference of its kind to be held in       factors, and extraction of pollutant specific
               Australia, Decon Downunder is uniquely               signals from the environmental background is
               placed to put a South East Asian perspective on      not a straightforward task.
               the issues faced by chemical and biological          Abstract submissions: closed
               decontamination/remediation practitioners.           Earlybird registration closes: 1 April 2005
               Abstract submissions: closed                         Go to www.setaceumeeting.org/
               Go to www.dsto.defence.gov.au/corporate/             Mike McLaughlin
               conferences/decondownunder                           (Mike.McLaughlin@csiro.au) and Mónica
               17 - 18 February 2005. NZIC Trace                    Amorim (mjamorim@bio.ua.pt) particularly
               Elements Conference.                                 want to draw you attention to the following
               Hamilton, New Zealand                                session at this conference:
               Topics include trace elements in agriculture/        “Soil ecotoxicology in mediterranean and
               horticulture, trace elements in the environment,     (sub)tropical Regions”
               trace elements as contaminants, trace elements       In terrestrial ecotoxicology, test methods are
               in health & disease, modern analytical               available for the evaluation of effects induced
               techniques for measuring trace elements              by heavy metals, organic chemicals and, in
               Go to www.hill-labs.co.nz                            particular, pesticides.
               For more information, contact Dr. Peter              Currently, these evaluations are performed
               Robinson, Phone +64 (7) 858-2806                     either by using so-called Artificial Soils or
                                                                    natural standard soils or (more or less) arbi-
               3 - 7 April 2005. 8th International                  trarily selected natural soils.
               Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace           Consequently, the test results depend not only
               Elements (8th ICOBTE).                               on the intrinsic physico-chemical properties of
               Adelaide, Australia.                                 the test chemical, but are also significantly
               This international conference focuses on the         influenced by the variable properties of the
               links between biological and physico-chemical        chosen soils and test conditions.
               trace element behaviour in the environment. It
               includes a special 1 day symposium on Trace
               Element Speciation in the Environment (see
               separate advertisement in this issue for details).

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  27 - 30 June 2005. 19th New Zealand               24 – 26 September 2006. INTERACT 2006.
  Geochemical Group Conference                      Incorporating Australasian Society of
  incorporating the New Zealand Mineralogical       Ecotoxicology, Analytical Chemistry RACI
  Society 2003.                                     Division, Environmental Chemistry RACI
  Orakeikorako Resort, New Zealand                  Division Electrochemistry RACI Division,
  You are invited to soak up the atmosphere and     Metrology, Clean Air Society of Australia
  hot pools of the off the beaten track resort of   and New Zealand. Perth, Western Australia.
  Orakei korako for your next New Zealand           Invitations for nominations for plenary and
  Geochemical Group Conference.                     key note speakers (including names, contact
  Session themes include: Geothermal                details, and a short introduction with the best
  Chemistry, Geochemistry of volcanic melts,        achievements of the person) to be sent to
  Geochemistry and the minerals industry,           Oana Chirila,
  Antarctic Geochemistry, Geochemistry of the       Chair of the Organising Committee
  environment, the distribution of heavy metals     (oana.chirila@measurement.gov.au)
  (natural and anthropogenic), Greenhouse gases     Tel: (08) 9384 1511, Fax: (08) 9384 1132
  and climate change.                               September/October 2006. SETAC Asia
  Go to www2.auckland.ac.nz/glg/nzgg/               Pacific.
  index.htm                                         Beijing, China
  25 - 28 September 2005. The Australasian          To be confirmed
  Society for Ecotoxicology Conference.             August 2008. 5th SETAC World Congress.
  Melbourne, Australia.                             Sydney, Australia.
  The theme of the conference is: Toxicological     ASE members will be pleased to learn that at
  Approaches to Predict and Assess Ecosystem        the recent SETAC World Congress in Portland,
  Stress                                            Oregon, Graeme Batley put forward a bid to
  Session topics will include: terrestrial          hold the next SETAC World Congress in
  ecotoxicology, aquatic and sediment               Sydney.
  ecotoxicology, environmental management and       The bid presentation was prepared by the
  remediation, risk assessment, stormwater and      Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau who
  urban ecotoxicology, endocrine disruption         mailed each of the SETAC World
  Plenary speakers include Dr Allen Burton from     Council members with a bound presentation
  Wright State University, USA (aquatic and         document extolling Sydney’s virtues along with
  sediment ecotoxicology) and Dr Steve              letters of recommendation from the Lord
  Sheppard from Ecomatters Environmental            Mayor and others. (They also offered $5000 if
  Consulting, Canada (soil ecotoxicology).          the bid was successful.) The bid was
  First Call for Abstracts: 10 January 2005         unanimously accepted. Previous World
  Second Call for Abstracts: 7 March 2005           Congresses have been in Europe (Lisbon,
  Closing Date for Abstracts: 6 May 2005            Brighton) or North America (Vancouver,
  Go to www.conferences.unimelb.edu.au/             Portland). It was argued that it was now time to
  ecotox/                                           move to Asia/Pacific, and the professionalism
  For further information, please contact us at     of the presentation coupled with the attraction
  ecotox-2005@unimelb.edu.au                        of Sydney and Australia won through.
  13 - 17 November 2005. SETAC North                It is proposed that ASE and RACI be
  America 26th Annual Meeting.                      cosponsors of the event to be staged as the 5th
                                                    SETAC World Congress. The Congress
  Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
                                                    Committee is currently being put together and
  www.setac.org/meet.html                           any interested volunteers should contact
                                                    Graeme Batley (Graeme.Batley@csiro.au).
                                                    Watch this space!!!!

January 2005, Volume 11, Issue 2                                                            Page 25
                           Conference Announcement
                           Australasian Society for Ecotoxicology
                                              2005 Conference

                               Toxicological Approaches to Predict &
                                          Assess Ecosystem Stress
                                            The University of Melbourne
                                               Melbourne, Australia
                                                       25-28 September

                           We invite:

                           -     Expressions of interest
                           -     Session Themes and Organisers

                           For Exprerssions of Interest go to:
                           For submissions and enquiries regarding sessions and workshops:

                           Key dates

                           First call for abstracts            10 January 2005
                           Second call for abstracts       7 March 2005
                           Closing date for abstracts          6 May 2005

                                               For all conference details go to

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Conference Update!
  Please forward this information on to              concern. His ecosystem risk assessments have
  interested colleagues and students. You can        evaluated multiple levels of biological
  contact Carmel Pollino at                          organization, ranging from microbial to
  Carmel.Pollino@sci.monash.edu.au or                amphibian effects. He has been active in the
  Dayanthi Nugegoda at RMIT email:                   development and standardization of toxicity
  dayanthi@rmit.edu.au (tel: 9925-7150) for          methods for the U.S. EPA, American Society
  more information or to organise a themed           for Testing and Materials (ASTM),
  session.                                           Environment Canada, and the Organization of
  Our invited keynote speakers are sure to           Economic Cooperation and Development
  stimulate your little grey cells with superb       (OECD). Dr. Burton has served on numerous
  ecotoxicological ideas! They are:                  national and international scientific committees
                                                     and review panels, has had approx. $5.5 million
  S.C. (Steve) Sheppard Ph.D. P.Ag. CCEP             in grants and contracts, and over 150
                                                     publications dealing with aquatic system
                Dr. Steve Sheppard is Vice           responses to stressors. See also: http://
                President       and        senior    www.wright.edu/~allen.burton
                ecotoxicologist              with
                ECOMatters Inc., and is a            and our very own
                Professional Agrologist (P.Ag)       C. Hickey, PhD
                and a CanadianCertified
                                                     Dr Chris Hickey is an
                Environmental Practitioner
                                                     ecotoxicologist with the
                (C.C.E.P.). He is also the Editor-
                                                     National Institute of Water
                in-Chief of the Journal of
                                                     and Atmospheric Research
  Environmental Radioactivity and was
                                                     (NIWA) in Hamilton, New
  previously Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian
                                                     Zealand. His major research
  Journal of Soil Science. His research places
                                                     interests focus on understanding the processes
  emphasis on contaminant exposure pathways
                                                     affecting bioavailability and toxicity of
  and ecotoxicology, much of it directed to
                                                     contaminants in waters and sediments,
  support assessment modelling. He has over 100
                                                     ammonia toxicity to native species, stormwater
  referred journal publications in seven major
                                                     toxicity, in-situ biomonitoring and quantitative
  topic areas: ecotoxicology, environmental
                                                     risk assessment. He has authored or co-
  assessment, radioecology, radionuclide
                                                     authored numerous publications on
  behaviour, contaminant exposure pathways,
                                                     environmental toxicology, contributed to the
  soil science and agronomy. Steve is the
                                                     ANZECC 2000 water quality guidelines,
  Executive Director of the Canadian Society of
                                                     together with many commercial reports on the
  Agronomy and the Registrar of the Canadian
                                                     measurement of toxic contaminants and
  Society of Soil Science.
                                                     environmental effects assessment. He is a
  G. Allen Burton, Jr. Ph.D., Professor              Director of Research and Development for
                                                      NIWA Environmental Research Institute in the
  G. Allen Burton, Jr. is a                           USA. He is currently Global President of the
  Professor and Director of the                       Society of Environmental Toxicology and
  Institute for Environmental                         Chemistry (SETAC).
  Quality at Wright State
  University. Dr. Burton’s
                                                     and … STOP PRESS!
  research during the past 20
  years has focused on                               Professor Mark Burgmann of the Univer-
  developing effective methods                       sity of Melbourne.
  for identifying significant
  effects and stressors in aquatic systems where
  sediment and stormwater contamination is a         Watch this space for more details in the April
                                                     issue of Endpoint

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