Dr Sue Vink

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry
Sustainable Minerals Institute
s.vink@smi.uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 64074

Overview

My research is primarily aimed at quantifying the physical (including hydrological), geochemical and biological processes that control the distribution and cycling of elements at the earths surface. Quantitatively understanding the past and present processes controlling these biogeochemical cycles allows us to predict impacts of human perturbations, mitigate these impacts and design remediation or rehabilitation strategies.

My research interests include applications of isotopic and geochemical tracers in natural and mining systems to determine water balance, water sources, mixing and biogeochemical processes; water quality/quantity interactions in mineral processing and mine site water management; role/interactions of hydrological processes, geochemical reactions and biological processes controlling mine site water quality; and implications of mine site water and land management on surface water quality and ecosystem function and services.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Hawaii
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Western Australia

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • The project will involve groundwater modelling and using stable isotopes and other tracers to determine connectivity between surface water stores and an underground gold mine. Exchange experiments could also be conducted to determine geochemical reactions occurring along flow path.

  • Dissolved nitrogen is an important constituent in water bodies required for aquatic plant growth. However imbalances to natural nitrogen inputs can cause deleterious algal blooms that are sometimes toxic (e.g. Blue-green algae). Many mine sites use ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel explosives. Ammonium and nitrate liberated from explosives is likely to be transported to water bodies on site and may increase the risk of algal blooms in site water bodies as well as increased risk of deleterious impacts should unregulated discharge occur. The project would involve experimental work and collection and analysis of water samples from a mine site to trace nitrogen transport on site and quantify risks associated with this contaminant.

  • This project would analyse mine site waters to determine the speciation of metal compounds in different areas of the mine. Laboratory experiments would also be undertaken to determine rates of photo-oxidative degradation of organic- metal complexes. Experiments could also be undertaken to measure toxicity of different compounds to aquatic biota.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Ryder, D. and Vink, S. (2007). Managing regulated flows and contaminant cycles in floodplain rivers. In Mortlock, A. (Ed.), Salt, Nutrient, Sediment and Interactions: Findings from the National River Contaminants Program 1 ed. (pp. 109-126) Australia: Land & Water Australia.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Hunter, Jane, Gebers, Andre, Reading, Lucy and Vink, Sue (2015). Understanding connectivity between groundwater chemistry data and geological stratigraphy via 3D sub-surface visualization and analysis. In: Ralf Denzer, Robert M. Argent, Gerald Schimak and Jiří Hřebíček, Environmental Software Systems. Infrastructures, Services and Applications. 11th IFIP WG 5.11 International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (475-483). 25-27 March 2015. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-15994-2_48

  • Edraki, M., Huynh, T., Baumgartl, T., Huang, L., Andrusiewicz, M., Tungpalan, K., Tayebi-Khorami, M., Wightman, E., Palaniandy, S., Manlapig, E., Evans, C., Farrokhpay, S., Bradshaw, D. and Vink, S. (2014). Designer tailings – an integrated model for tailings management. In: Life-of-Mine 2014: Delivering sustainable legacies through integrated Life-of-Mine Planning. Life-of-Mine 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (599-607). 16-18 July 2014.

  • Edraki, Mansour, Huynh, Trang, Baumgartl, Thomas, Huang, Longbin, Andrusiewicz, Michal, Tungpalan, Kate, Tayebi-Khorami, Maedeh, Wightman, Elaine, Palaniandy, Sam, Manlapig, Emmanuel, Evans, Cathy, Farrokhpay, Saeed, Bradshaw, Dee and Vink, Sue (2014). Designer tailings: improving the management of tailings through collaborative research. In: H. Miller and L. Preuss, 8th AMD: Proceedings of the Eighth Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage. AMD14: The Triennial 8th Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (173-182). 29 April–2 May, 2014.

  • Shi, M., Kirsch, P. A., Vink, S. and Harris, J. (2014). Water as risk in mining – media analysis and the RISKGATE body of knowledge. In: Life-of-Mine 2014: Delivering sustainable legacies through integrated life-of-mine planning. Life-of-Mine 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (205-217). 16-18 July 2014.

  • Danoucaras, A. N., Woodley, A. and Vink, S. (2013). Corporate sustainability reporting for water: water footprint, global reporting initiative and the water accounting framework. In: Z. Agioutantis, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI 2013). Sixth International Conference Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI 2013), Milos Island, Greece, (595-600). 30 June - 3 July 2013.

  • Edraki, Mansour, Huynh, Trang, Baumgartl, Thomas, Huang, Longbin, Andrusiewicz, Michal, Tungpalan, Kate, Tayebi-Khorami, Maedeh, Wightman, Elaine, Palaniandy, Sam, Manlapig, Emmanuel, Evans, Cathy, Farrokhpay, Saeed, Bradshaw, Dee and Vink, Sue (2013). Designing mine tailings through collaborative research. In: Stuart Winchester, Fernando Valenzuela and David Mulligan, enviromine2013: 3rd International Seminar on Environmental Issues in Mining. Proceedings. enviromine2013: 3rd International Seminar on Environmental Issues in Mining, Santiago, Chile, (231-239). 4-6 December, 2013.

  • Vink, S., Mann, R., Nanjappa, V. and Prasad, R. (2013). Determining the impacts of salinity on freshwater organisms. In: Water in Mining 2013: Proceedings. Water in Mining 2013, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (149-154). 26-28 November, 2013.

  • Everingham, J., Collins, N., Rifkin, W., Rodriguez, D., Baumgartl, T., Cavaye, J. and Vink, S. (2013). How farmers, graziers, miners, and gas industry personnel see their potential for co-existence in rural Queensland. In: 2013 Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition-Asia Pacific: Proceedings. SPE 13URCE: Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition-Asia Pacific 2013, South Bank, QLD, Australia, (1-10). 11-13 November, 2013. doi:10.2118/167016-MS

  • Liu, Di, Peng, Yongjun and Vink, Sue (2013). Improving coarse coal flotation by enhancing surface hydrophobicity and froth stability. In: Chemeca 2013: Challenging Tomorrow. Chemeca 2013: Australasian Conference on Chemical Engineering, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (1-5). 29 September-2 October, 2013.

  • Wolhuter, A. and Vink, S. (2013). Is zero discharge a viable or useful concept in mine water management?. In: Water in Mining 2013: Proceedings. Water in Mining 2013, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (329-334). 26-28 November, 2013.

  • Kerr, J. L., Vink, S. and Beyer-Robson, J. (2013). The effects of increased salinity on microbially mediated ecosystem processes in ephemeral streams. In: Water in Mining 2013: Proceedings. Water in Mining 2013, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (121-134). 26-28 November, 2013.

  • Liu, D., Wang, B., Peng, Y. and Vink, S. (2012). Determining the effect of clay minerals in coal flotation using saline water. In: Proceedings: 11th AusIMM Mill Operators' Conference 2012. 11th AusIMM Mill Operators' Conference 2012, Hobart, Australia, (151-158). 29-31 October 2012.

  • Liu, Wenying, Moran, Chris and Vink, Suzanna (2012). Flotation of chalcopyrite in water containing bacteria. In: Water in Mineral Processing. First International Symposium on Water in Mineral Processing, Seattle, United States, (165-173). 19 - 22 February 2012.

  • Prashad, Rajesh and Vink, Sue (2012). Impact of salinity on freshwater macroinvertebrates in the Fitzroy catchment. In: F. D. L. Leusch, E. Prochazka and B. I. Escher, Proceedings of the 2nd SETAC Australasia Conference. 2nd SETAC Australasia Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (114-114). 4-6 July 2012.

  • Vink, Sue and Robbins, Sarah (2012). Mine water management in variable climate regimes. In: C. D. McCullough, M. A. Lund and L. Wyse, Proceedings 2012: International Mine Water Association Symposium. International Mine Water Association Annual Conference 2012 (IMWA 2012), Bunbury, WA, Australia, (20.A-20.I). 30 September - 4 October 2012.

  • Vink, S., Merritt, J. and Moran, C. (2012). Quantifying cation uptake into coal during flotation with saline water. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Australian Coal Preparation Conference: Stories from the Coal Face. Fourteenth Australian Coal Preparation Conference, Canberra, Australia, (334-343). 9-13 September 2012.

  • Mann, Reinier M., Vink, Sue, Micevska, Tina, Hobbs, Dustin and Smith, Rose E. W. (2012). Sweet or savoury: overcoming logistical problems associated with routine toxicity testing of saline waters. In: F. D. L. Leusch, E. Prochazka and B. I. Escher, Proceedings of the 2nd SETAC Australasia Conference. 2nd SETAC Australasia Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (160-160). 4-6 July 2012.

  • Wang, B., Peng, Y. and Vink, S. (2012). The effect of clay minerals on coal flotation in fresh and saline water. In: Darren Mathewson, Proceedings of the Fourteenth Australian Coal Preparation Conference: Stories from the Coal Face. Fourteenth Australian Coal Preparation Conference, Canberra, Australia, (308-320). 9-13 September 2012.

  • Liu, Wenying, Moran, Chris and Vink, Sue (2011). Effect of bacteria on the floation of chalcopyrite. In: Willy Kracht, Romke Kuyvenhoven, Suzanne Lynch-Watson and Gonzalo Montes-Atenas, Proceedings of the 8th International Mineral Processing Seminar. Procemin 2011: 8th International Mineral Processing Seminar, Santiago, Chile, (213-222). 30 November - 2 December 2011.

  • Moran, C. J., Vink, S. and Greig, G. (2011). Underground mining and water management. In: 11th AusIMM Underground Operators' Conference 2011: Proceedings. 11th AusIMM Underground Operators' Conference 2011, Canberra, Australia, (267-273). 21-23 March 2011.

  • Howe, Paul, Moran, Chris J. and Vink, Sue (2010). Framework for assessing cumulative effects of mining operations on groundwater systems. In: Jacques Wiertz, WIM 2010: Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Water Management in the Mining Industry. Water in Mining - 2nd International Congress on Water Management in the Mining Industry (WIM 2010), Santiago, Chile, (21-32). 9-11 June 2010.

  • Vink, S. and Moran, C. (2010). Water savings and coal product compromise. In: XXV International Mineral Processing Congress 2010 (IMPC 2010): Proceedings. 25th International Mineral Processing Congress 2010 (IMPC 2010), Brisbane, Australia, (4109-4116). 6-10 September 2010.

  • Gozzard, Emma, Vink, Suzanna, Nanjappa, V. and Moran, Chris (2009). Salt dissolution dynamics on surface mine spoils. In: Proceedings of Water in Mining 2009. Water In Mining 2009, Perth, Australia, (233-240). 15-17 September 2009.

  • Vink, Suzanna, Moran, Chris, Golding, Suzanne D., Baublys, Kim A. and Nanjappa, V. (2009). Understanding mine site water and salt dynamics to support integrated water quality and quantity management. In: Proceedings of the Water in Mining 2009 Conference. Water in Mining 2009 Conference, Perth WA, (265-272). 15-17 September 2009.

  • Vink, S. and Johansen, K. (2008). Riparian biodiversity structure and function: Implications for mine lease management. In: 11th International Riversymposium, Brisbane, Australia, (). 1-4 September, 2008.

  • Vink, Sue, Cote, Claire and Moran, Chris (2008). Water and salt management in Bowen Basin Coal mines. In: Jacques Wiertz, Proceedings of International Congress on Water Management in the Mining Industry. Water in Mining 2008: International Congress on Water Management in the Mining Industry, Santiago, Chile, (163-172). 9-11 July 2008.

  • Ryder, D., Vink, S., Bleakley, N. and Burns, A. (2007). Managing sources, sinks and transport of natural contaminants in regulated rivers: a case study in the Murrumbidgee River Catchment, NSW. In: Wilson, A.L., Dehaan, R.L., Watts, R.J. and et al., 5th Australian Stream Management Conference. Australian rivers: making a difference, Albury, New South Wales, Australia, (354-359). 21/05/07 – 25/05/07.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed 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.

  • The project will involve groundwater modelling and using stable isotopes and other tracers to determine connectivity between surface water stores and an underground gold mine. Exchange experiments could also be conducted to determine geochemical reactions occurring along flow path.

  • Dissolved nitrogen is an important constituent in water bodies required for aquatic plant growth. However imbalances to natural nitrogen inputs can cause deleterious algal blooms that are sometimes toxic (e.g. Blue-green algae). Many mine sites use ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel explosives. Ammonium and nitrate liberated from explosives is likely to be transported to water bodies on site and may increase the risk of algal blooms in site water bodies as well as increased risk of deleterious impacts should unregulated discharge occur. The project would involve experimental work and collection and analysis of water samples from a mine site to trace nitrogen transport on site and quantify risks associated with this contaminant.

  • This project would analyse mine site waters to determine the speciation of metal compounds in different areas of the mine. Laboratory experiments would also be undertaken to determine rates of photo-oxidative degradation of organic- metal complexes. Experiments could also be undertaken to measure toxicity of different compounds to aquatic biota.