Jennifer Stauber

By Colin WardMarch 31st, 2011


Jenny Stauber graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology in 1979 and an MSc in 1984 from the University of Sydney. She joined CSIRO Fisheries and Oceanography in 1979 and subsequently joined CSIRO Energy Chemistry in 1983. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Tasmania in 1996.

In 2006, she was transferred to CSIRO Land and Water where she led the Aquatic Chemistry and Ecotoxicology Group (Environmental Biogeochemistry Program) and the Aquatic Contaminants Stream (Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research Theme) until December 2008. During this time she was also Visiting Professor at City University, Hong Kong. In December 2008, she commenced as Deputy Chief, CSIRO Land and Water.

Jenny’s research includes the development of ecotoxicological techniques for determining the bioavailability and toxicity of contaminants in aquatic systems. She pioneered the application of flow cytometry to ecotoxicity testing of waters and sediments. Her current research focuses on modes of action of metals in algae and biofilms. She has published over 300 journal papers, book chapters and reports.

Jenny serves as the expert eco-toxicologist on a number of technical advisory committees for Australian state and federal government departments, providing advice to the Commonwealth Environment Minister and the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts on issues such as hazardous waste, uranium mining research, desalination, forestry, acid sulfate soils and water quality. She is also a regular member and chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) review boards to develop global environmental health criteria for chemicals.

Honours and awards

Jenny has received the following awards:

2008 Bede Morris Fellow (Australian Academy of Sciences)
2006 Land and Water Australia Eureka Prize for Water Research for studies of sediment quality
2006 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement

She is an active member of the Toxicology and Chemistry and was President of the Australasian Society for Ecotoxicology from 2002 to 2004.


  • Stauber J, 2009, Personal communication.