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

Aleicia Holland had 10 papers published as a result of her thesis, and her research impacts government policy and environmental activities in her field.

Aleicia has received a number of accolades for her research and its impacts, receiving the 2020 Australian Freshwater Sciences Society Early Career Excellence Award and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Early Career Researcher Medal.

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.

In 2016 Dr Holland received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council grants program valued at $368,394. This project aims to characterise the types of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) found within Australian freshwaters and investigate how these influence metal toxicity to organisms.

Dr Holland is based at La Trobe University Albury/ Wodonga Campus where she has taken up a position as Lecturer in Biology.