Professor Kevin Thomas

Uni/Faculty 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 Director of the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS). Kevin 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.

His current research is focused on assessing community-wide health status through fingerprinting wastewater, establishing alternative approaches to exposure monitoring, for example explanted silicone prostheses and wristbands, understanding human exposure to microplastic particulate pollution and developing analytical methods for characterizing CECs.

Author of over 150 peer-reviewed papers and Associate Editor for the journal Science of the Total Environment, Kevin is a strong collaborative researcher having founded the international SCORE network on sewer biomarker analysis for community health assessment (see www.score-cost.eu) and as recently reported in Science is currently establishing a global emerging contaminant early warning network (http://science.sciencemag.org).

Qualifications

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

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

    • 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).
  • Please follow link for further details. Deadline for expressions of interest 20th May 2019.

  • PhD scholarship available in high resolution mass spectrometric characterisation of archived environmental and human biomonitoring samples.

    Come join our group at the University of Queensland working on chemical exposure in human and environmental systems. Non-target analysis employing high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) has been established over the past years as one of the key approaches for tackling complexity and allows for the retrospective screening of previously archived HRMS data. This PhD project will focus on the HRMS characterisation of environmental and human biomonitoring samples for newly identified and novel contaminants of emerging concern. The student will work at QAEHS on the target, suspect and non-target analysis of samples from the Australian Environmental Specimen Bank and other opportunistic sample collections, generating data for a newly created ARC funded Australian Environmental Data Bank. The PhD student will receive all necessary training in HRMS analysis.

    Students will enrol through the School of Pharmacy. Further info. available here.

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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

  • Gaw, Sally, Thomas, Kevin and Hutchinson, Thomas H. (2015). Pharmaceuticals in the marine environment. In Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (pp. 70-91) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Royal Society of Chemistry. doi:10.1039/9781782622345-00070

  • Harman, C., Allan, I. and Thomas, K. V. (2012). Passive sampling of organic contaminants in waters. In Comprehensive Sampling and Sample Preparation (pp. 265-280) : Elsevier Inc.. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-381373-2.00014-4

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

  • Thomas, Kevin V. and Langford, Katherine H. (2010). Point sources of human pharmaceuticals into the aquatic environment. In Green and Sustainable Pharmacy (pp. 211-223) : Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-05199-9_14

  • Thomas, Kevin V. and Langford, Katherine H. (2009). Europe and USA. In Ecotoxicology of Antifouling Biocides (pp. 331-344) : Springer Japan. doi:10.1007/978-4-431-85709-9_19

  • Thomas, Kevin V. and Langford, Katherine H. (2009). The analysis of antifouling paint biocides in water, sediment and biota. In Ecotoxicology of Antifouling Biocides (pp. 311-327) : Springer Japan. doi:10.1007/978-4-431-85709-9_18

  • 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

  • Bakker, J. F., Belzunce-Segarra, M. J., Castro, R., van de Heuvel-Greve, M., Klamer, H. J.C., Brack, W., Altenburger, R., Poulsen, V., Thomas, K. V. and Leonards, P. E.G. (2007). Effect Directed Analysis and Toxicity Identification Evaluation. In (pp. 163-214) : Elsevier. doi:10.1016/S1872-1990(07)80077-8

Journal Article

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

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.

    • 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).
  • Please follow link for further details. Deadline for expressions of interest 20th May 2019.

  • PhD scholarship available in high resolution mass spectrometric characterisation of archived environmental and human biomonitoring samples.

    Come join our group at the University of Queensland working on chemical exposure in human and environmental systems. Non-target analysis employing high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) has been established over the past years as one of the key approaches for tackling complexity and allows for the retrospective screening of previously archived HRMS data. This PhD project will focus on the HRMS characterisation of environmental and human biomonitoring samples for newly identified and novel contaminants of emerging concern. The student will work at QAEHS on the target, suspect and non-target analysis of samples from the Australian Environmental Specimen Bank and other opportunistic sample collections, generating data for a newly created ARC funded Australian Environmental Data Bank. The PhD student will receive all necessary training in HRMS analysis.

    Students will enrol through the School of Pharmacy. Further info. available here.