Stuart Simpson

By March 31st, 2011


Stuart Simpson graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons 1) in chemistry in 1993 and a PhD in analytical chemistry in 1996, from Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand. He joined the CSIRO Centre for Advanced Analytical Chemistry as a postdoctoral Fellow where he undertook research into the bioavailability of metals in aquatic systems, particularly sediments.

From 2000 to 2007, Stuart developed a Sediment Quality Research group and became a Principal Research Scientist within the CSIRO Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research. His research outputs have been largely in the area of sediment quality assessment, focusing on the quantification of the form (speciation), behaviour (bioavailability), ecotoxicological effects and the development of guidelines for regulating contaminants in sediments.

Stuart’s primary interests have been the analytical and environmental chemistry, reactivity, fate and processes controlling speciation, bioavailability and effects of metals in sediments. However; he has applied his knowledge to environmental assessments encompassing waters (surface and ground water), soils, sediment and biota, particularly in relation to the impacts of proposed or existing industries and mining activities in both fresh water and marine environments. His current research is focusing on cause-effect relationships between metal contaminants and benthic organisms.

Honours and awards

Stuart has received the following major awards for his work:

2006 Land and Water Australia Eureka Prize for Water Research for sediment quality research
2006 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement


  • Simpson S, 2009, Personal communication.