Study Overview

Study Program(s): Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Science (Biology) (Honours); Doctor of Philosophy – Sciences, Engineering and Health

Study Mode: On campus

Study Level: Postgraduate

Study Campus: Rockhampton

Graduation Year: 2013

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Dr Aleicia Holland

Dr Aleicia Holland

Recipient of the 2015 CQUniversity Young Achiever Alumnus award

Aleicia Holland had 9 papers published as a result of her thesis, and her research impacts government policy and environmental activities in her field.

Aleicia’s PhD thesis was on the influence of humic substances on toxicity of low pH and acid mine drainage to freshwater organisms. Information from her thesis was used by the Queensland government to provide baseline information on wallum naturally acidic streams to aid in development of guidelines for these unique systems.

In 2015, Dr Holland successfully competed for an international 'Science Without Borders' Young Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her Fellowship saw her based in Manaus, Brazil at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), where she researched the influence of dissolved organic carbon on the toxicity of copper and nickel in the waters of the Amazon Basin. Since returning to Australia, Dr Holland received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) in 2016 from the Australian Research Council grants program valued at $368,394. Her project aims to characterise the types of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) found within Australian freshwaters and investigate how these influence metal toxicity to organisms.

DOC has the ability to decrease the toxicity of metals to organisms in natural waters, and the intensity of the decrease is related to the type of DOC. Information regarding the types of DOC commonly found within Australian waters is lacking, and their impact on metal toxicity to Australian biota is unknown. The expected project outcomes are better predictive toxicity models and better assessment of risks associated with metal contamination.

Dr Holland is based at La Trobe University at the Albury/ Wodonga Campus, where she is a Lecturer in Biology.