Professor Kevin Thomas

QAEHS Centre Director

Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
kevin.thomas@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 32443

Overview

Professor Kevin Thomas is an environmental health scientist with a particular interest in understanding the environmental fate, behaviour, effects and risks associated with contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) with the goal of protecting environmental and human health. Author of over 150 papers and book chapters and Associate Editor for the journal Science of the Total Environment, Professor Thomas is a strong collaborative researcher having co-founded the international SCORE network on sewer biomarker analysis for community health assessment (www.score-cost.eu).

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Plymouth

Publications

  • Gracia-Lor, Emma, Rousis, Nikolaos I., Zuccato, Ettore, Bade, Richard, Baz-Lomba, Jose Antonio, Castrignano, Erika, Causanilles, Ana, Hernandez, Félix, Kasprzyk-Hordern, Barbara, Kinyua, Juliet, McCall, Ann-Kathrin, van Nuijs, Alexander L. N., Plosz, Benedek G., Ramin, Pedram, Ryu, Yeonsuk, Santos, Miguel M., Thomas, Kevin, de Voogt, Pim, Yang, Zhugen and Castiglioni, Sara (2017) Estimation of caffeine intake from analysis of caffeine metabolites in wastewater. Science of the Total Environment, 609 1582-1588. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.258

  • Tousova, Zuzana, Oswald, Peter, Slobodnik, Jaroslav, Blaha, Ludek, Muz, Melis, Hu, Meng, Brack, Werner, Krauss, Martin, Di Paolo, Carolina, Tarcai, Zsolt, Seiler, Thomas-Benjamin, Hollert, Henner, Koprivica, Sanja, Ahel, Marijan, Schollee, Jennifer E., Hollender, Juliane, Suter, Marc J. -F., Hidasi, Anita O., Schirmer, Kristin, Sonavane, Manoj, Ait-Aissa, Selim, Creusot, Nicolas, Brion, Francois, Froment, Jean, Almeida, Ana Catarina, Thomas, Kevin, Tollefsen, Knut Erik, Tufi, Sara, Ouyang, Xiyu, Leonards, Pim, Lamoree, Marja, Torrens, Victoria Osorio, Kolkman, Annemieke, Schriks, Merijn, Spirhanzlova, Petra, Tindall, Andrew and Schulze, Tobias (2017) European demonstration program on the effect-based and chemical identification and monitoring of organic pollutants in European surface waters. Science of the Total Environment, 601-602 1849-1868. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.032

  • Oliveira, Isabel B., Groh, Ksenia J., Schönenberger, Rene, Barroso, Carlos, Thomas, Kevin V. and Suter, Marc J.-F. (2017) Toxicity of emerging antifouling biocides to non-target freshwater organisms from three trophic levels. Aquatic Toxicology, 191 164-174. doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2017.07.019

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Available Projects

  • A joint PhD with Prof. Tamara Galloway at the University of Exeter through the QUEX Institute. The aim of the PhD will be to determine the comparative human health risks of exposure to microplastic through seafood, using UK and Australian aquaculture facilities as case studies. For more information please follow the above link or contact myself or Prof. Galloway.

  • Domestic PhD scholarships available for projects within the following research topics:

    • Assessing community-wide health status through urban wastewater fingerprinting.
    • Alternative matrices for exposure monitoring. For example explanted silicone prostheses and wristbands.
    • Microparticulate plastic particles as environmental contaminants.
    • Analytical methods for the characterization of contaminants of emerging concern (target/suspect-screening/non-target analysis).

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Gaw, Sally, Thomas, Kevin and Hutchinson, Thomas H. (2016). Pharmaceuticals in the marine environment. In R. E. Hester and R. M. Harrison (Ed.), Pharmaceuticals in the environment (pp. 70-91) London, United Kingdom: Royal Society of Chemistry. doi:10.1039/9781782622345-00070

  • Houtman, Corine J., Legler, Juliette and Thomas, Kevin (2011). Effect-directed analysis of endocrine disruptors in aquatic ecosystems. In Effect-directed analysis of complex environmental contamination (pp. 237-265) Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-18384-3_10

  • Thomas, K. (2009). The use of broad-spectrum organic biocides in marine antifouling paints. In Advances in Marine Antifouling Coatings and Technologies (pp. 522-553) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Elsevier Ltd. doi:10.1533/9781845696313.3.522

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • A joint PhD with Prof. Tamara Galloway at the University of Exeter through the QUEX Institute. The aim of the PhD will be to determine the comparative human health risks of exposure to microplastic through seafood, using UK and Australian aquaculture facilities as case studies. For more information please follow the above link or contact myself or Prof. Galloway.

  • Domestic PhD scholarships available for projects within the following research topics:

    • Assessing community-wide health status through urban wastewater fingerprinting.
    • Alternative matrices for exposure monitoring. For example explanted silicone prostheses and wristbands.
    • Microparticulate plastic particles as environmental contaminants.
    • Analytical methods for the characterization of contaminants of emerging concern (target/suspect-screening/non-target analysis).