Principal supervisor: Professor Kevin Thomas

Researcher biography

Ruby completed her Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours at the University of Queensland in 2013. She investigated Disinfection By-Products (DBPs) in swimming pools across Brisbane using both in vitro bioanalytical and chemical assessments under the supervision of Prof Beate Escher. Subsequently, she worked as a research assistant with Dr Janet Tang on various in vitro bioassays. In 2016, Ruby completed her postgraduate secondary education degree and worked as a high school teacher for the Queensland Department of Education. In 2018, she started working as a research assistant under Prof Jochen Mueller across multiple consultancy and research projects, with a main focus on monitoring trace organic contaminants in drinking water catchments using passive samplers under the supervision of Dr Sarit Kaserzon. Her laboratory skill set includes, but is not limited to, Solid Phase Extraction (SPE), the preparation/extraction of Empore disk samplers for polar organic chemicals and Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) samplers for non-polar contaminants. In 2020, she commenced a PhD utilising both her science and education background in the field of environmental risk communication with Prof Kevin Thomas and A/Prof Kelly Fielding.