Researcher biography

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).

    Featured projects Duration
    Environmental Fate of Microplastics and Tyre Wear Particles in the Moreton Bay Catchment
    Human Exposure and Fate of Micro and Nanoplastics
    Microplastics in Air
    The University of Queensland
    Human Exposure and Accumulation of Plastics
    Minderoo Foundation
    Improved Monitoring of Aquatic Pollutants in National Water Resources
    ARC Linkage Project
    Microplastic Pollution: Nanoscale Surface Interactions and Public Perceptions
    QUEX
    20192023
    Development of Specialised Hyphenated Methodologies for Quantifying New Halogenated Plastic Materials
    Australian Research Council
    Preliminary Investigations Relating to the Role of Cyanobacterial Blooms in the Amplification and Dispersal of Antimicrobial Resistance
    Melbourne Water Corporation
    Assessing Extent of Degradation and the Potential Effects on the Quantification of Microplastics in the Environment
    The Suitability of Wastewater-based Epidemiology for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance
    QUEX
    Behaviour and Fate of Neonicotinoids in Australian Aquatic Environment
    Goodman Foundation
    Wastewater Analysis for Drug Monitoring in Correctional Facilities
    Queensland Corrective Services
    PFAS Contamination in Food Packaging Materials and their Flow-on Contamination
    Australian Research Council
    Assessing Dietary Exposure to Microplastics
    PFAS Identification Algorithm from Mass and Fragmentation Data
    National Health and Medical Research Council
    Developing a Method for the Quantification of Antifouling Paint Particles in the Marine Environment Using Pyrolysis-gas Chromatography-mass Spectrometry
    The University of Queensland
    Antimicrobial Resistance Genes in the Atmospheric Environment
    National Health and Medical Research Council
    Exposure mapping - Combining wastewater analysis with human biomonitoring
    ARC Discovery Project
    Antimicrobials and Other Chemicals that Select for Resistance
    National Health and Medical Research Council
    National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program
    Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
    Improved Monitoring of Hydrophilic Aquatic Contaminants of Emerging Concern
    ARC Linkage Project
    20202024
    A Global Platform for Identifying Emerging Chemical Threats
    ARC Discovery Project
    Wastewater Analysis for the Detection of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited Substances
    Sport Integrity Australia
    20192022
    Developing Protocols to Measure Plastic Chemicals in Human Brain, Blood and Urine
    Minderoo Foundation
    Removal of Micro and Nano Plastics from Waters by Foam Fractionation and Froth Flotation
    Estimating the Use of Tobacco and Nicotine Products Through Wastewater Analysis
    ARC Linkage Project
    Investigating Mother-Infant Plastics Exposure
    Minderoo Foundation
    Microplastics: Long Term Effects of Plastic Additive Chemicals on Marine Organisms
    MicroLEACH - The Research Council of Norway
    The Characterisation of Antimicrobial Resistance in Australian Wastewater
    QUEX
    20202023
    Fate and Impact of Past, Present and Future Consumer Plastic on Soil
    Freie Universität Berlin
    Developing a Model for National Wastewater Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial use Surveillance
    National Health and Medical Research Council
    Identification of Chemical and Biological Determinants, and their Sources, and Strategies to Promote Healthier Homes in Europe
    National Health and Medical Research Council
    Improving Estimation of Tobacco Use by Wastewater-based Epidemiology
    Australian Research Council
    The Innovative Wastewater-Based Epidemiology Approach with the Advances of High Resolution Mass Spectrometry as a Complemetary Biomonitoring Tool for Assessing the Health Status of a Population
    Innovative Sampling Strategies for Improved Wastewater-based Epidemiology
    Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
    Unmasking the Hidden Threat: Investigating Microplastic Pollution in Moreton Bay for a Sustainable Future