Dr Ben Tscharke

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
b.tscharke@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 32448

Overview

Dr Ben Tscharke is an early career researcher and analytical chemist with a keen interest in quantifying analytes in environmental samples. Ben is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland research institute, Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS), joining in February 2017 after graduating his PhD from the University of South Australia the previous year. His key focus at QAEHS involves the wastewater based epidemiological approach to determine community consumption and exposure to a range of illicit drugs, pharmaceuticals and personal care products. He has significant involvement in the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission's National Wastewater Drug Monitoring program, for which UQ collaborates with the University of South Australia (https://www.acic.gov.au/publications/intelligence-products/national-wastewater-drug-monitoring-program-report).

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia

Publications

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Choi, Phil M. , O'Brien, Jake W. , Tscharke, Ben , Thomas, Kevin V. and Mueller, Jochen F. (2017). Assessing population health by wastewater analysis. In: 2nd Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium 2017, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia, (). 2-3 November 2017.

  • Kayalar, Hasan , O'Brien, Jake , Shimko, Katja , Tscharke, Ben , Choi, Phil , Ferris, Jason , Eaglesham, Geoff , Jiang, Hui , Barron, Leon , Mueller, Jochen and Thomas, Kevin (2017). Can wastewater analysis be used to inform on the clandestine production of methylamphetamine?. In: 2nd Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, (). 2-3 November 2017.

  • Kayalar, Hasan, O'Brien, Jake, Shimko, Katja, Tscharke, Ben, Choi, Phil, Ferris, Jason, Eaglesham, Geoff, Jiang, Hui, Barron, Leon, Mueller, Jochen and Thomas, Kevin (2017). Can wastewater analysis be used to inform on the clandestine production of methylamphetamine?. In: 2nd Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium 2017, Brisbane, Australia, (). 2-3 November.

  • Shimko, Katja , O'Brien, Jake , Kayalar, Hasan , Choi, Phil , Jiang, Hui , Tscharke, Ben , Zahnow, Renee , Eaglesham, Geoff , Mueller, Jochen, Barron, Leon and Thomas, Kevin (2017). Can wastewater-based epidemiology be used for the assessment of anabolic steroid use?. In: 2nd Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium 2017, Brisbane, Australia, (). 2-3 November 2017.

  • Shimko, Katja, O'Brien, Jake, Kayalar, Hasan, Choi, Phil, Jiang, Hui, Tscharke, Ben, Zahnow, Renee, Eaglesham, Geoff, Mueller, Jochen, Barron, Leon and Thomas, Kevin (2017). Can wastewater-based epidemiology be used for the assessment of anabolic steroid use?. In: Qld Annual Chemistry Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, (). 27 November 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake , Tscharke, Ben , Gerber, Cobus , Grant, Sharon , White, Jason , Thomas, Kevin , Bade, Richard and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Development of a national wastewater drug monitoring program in Australia. In: Lisbon Addictions: 2nd European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, Lisbon, Portugal, (). 24-26 October 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake, Grant, Sharon, Thai, Phong, Ort, Christoph, Eaglesham, Geoff, Vijayasarathy, Soumini, Lai, Foon Yin, Covaci, Adrian, Novic, Andrew, Tscharke, Ben, Choi, Phil, Thomas, Kevin and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Finding population and demographic markers in wastewater using samples collected during a population census. In: Testing the Waters 2017: 3rd International conference on “Wastewater – Based Drug Epidemiology”, Lisbon, Portugal, (). 26-27 October 2017.

  • Tscharke, Ben , Gerber, Cobus , O'Brien, Jake , Grant, Sharon , Mueller, Jochen, Thomas, Kevin , Bade, Richard and White, Jason (2017). Spatial differences in illicit drug use in Australia’s capital and regional areas; initial results from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. In: Testing the waters 2017 Wastewater-based epidemiology: current applications and future perspectives 3rd international conference, Lisbon, Portugal, (). 26-27 October 2017.

  • Tscharke, Ben , O'Brien, Jake , Gerber, Cobus , Grant, Sharon , White, Jason , Thomas, Kevin , Bade, Richard and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Spatial differences in illicit drug use in Australia’s capital and regional areas; initial results from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. In: SETAC Australasia Conference 2017, Gold Coast, Australia, (). 4-6 September 2017.

  • Thomas, Kevin , O'Brien, Jake , Bijlsma, Lubertus , Castiglioni, Sara , Covaci, Adrian , de Voogt, Pim , Emke, Erik , Hernandez, Felix , Gerber, Cobus , Grant, Sharon , Kasprzyk-Hordern, Barbara , Mueller, Jochen , Ort, Christoph , Reid, Malcolm , Tscharke, Ben , van Nuijs, Alexander and White, Jason (2017). The challenges of performing large-scale multi-city wastewater-based epidemiology studies. In: Testing the waters 2017 Wastewater-based epidemiology: current applications and future perspectives 3rd international conference, Lisbon, Portugal, (). 26-27 October 2017.

  • Choi, Phil M. , O'Brien, Jake W. , Tscharke, Ben , Mackie, Rachel , Eaglesham, Geoff , Grant, Sharon , Thomas, Kevin V. and Mueller, Jochen F. (2017). Towards monitoring population food consumption and dietary status using wastewater based epidemiology. In: 13th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Society, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia, (). 26-29 June 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake , Grant, Sharon , Thai, Phong , Ort, Christoph , Eaglesham, Geoff , Vijayasarathy, Soumini , Lai, Foon Yin , Covaci, Adrian , Novic, Andrew , Tscharke, Ben , Choi, Phil , Thomas, Kevin and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Using wastewater analysis to find demographic markers. In: 2nd Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium 2017, Brisbane, Australia, (). 2-3 November 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake , Grant, Sharon , Thai, Phong , Ort, Christoph , Eaglesham, Geoff , Vijayasarathy, Soumini , Lai, Foon Yin , Covaci, Adrian , Novic, Andrew , Tscharke, Ben , Choi, Phil , Thomas, Kevin and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Using wastewater analysis to find population and demographic markers in wastewater. In: SETAC Australasia Conference 2017, Gold Coast, Australia, (). 4-6 September 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake , Tscharke, Ben , Grant, Sharon , Thai, Phong , Ort, Christoph , Lai, Foon Yin , Mackie, Rachel , Covaci, Adrian , Bruno, Raimondo , Gartner, Coral , Prichard, Jeremy , Hall, Wayne , Kirkbride, Paul , Choi, Phil , Thomas, Kevin and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Wastewater analysis: a tool for measuring population consumption of chemicals and release of chemicals to the environment. In: Environmental Health Australia 42nd National Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 16-19 October 2017.

  • Tscharke, Ben, Chen, Chang, Gerber, Cobus and White, Jason (2014). Estimation of stimulant use in metropolitan Adelaide by wastewater analysis. In: Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, Adelaide, (). 31 August-4 September 2014.

  • Hall, Wayne, White, Jason, Lai, Foonyin, Gerber, Cobus, Chen, Chang, Tscharke, Ben and White, Jason (2013). Waste Water Analysis of Illicit Drug Use in the Population. In: Abstracts of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2013. Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) conference, Brisbane, QLD Australia, (9-9). 24 - 27 November 1013. doi:10.1111/dar.12077

Other Outputs

  • Tscharke, Ben, Mackie, Rachel, O'Brien, Jake, Grant, Sharon, Mueller, Jochen, Ghetia, Maulik, Aghera, Hetal, Bade, Richard, Gerber, Cobus and White, Jason (2018) National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program - Report 4 :

  • Tscharke, Ben, Mackie, Rachel, O'Brien, Jake, Grant, Sharon, Mueller, Jochen, Ghetia, Maulik, Aghera, Hetal, Bade, Richard, Gerber, Cobus and White, Jason (2017) National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program – Report 3 Canberra, ACT Australia: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

  • Tscharke, Ben, Mackie, Rachel, O'Brien, Jake, Grant, Sharon, Mueller, Jochen, Bade, Richard, Ghetia, Maulik, Gerber, Cobus and White, Jason (2017) National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program - Report 2 Canberra, ACT Australia: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

  • O'Brien, Jake , Grant, Sharon , Mueller, Jochen , Tscharke, Ben , Gerber, Cobus and White, Jason (2017) National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program - Report 1 Canberra, ACT Australia: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission