In January 2012, Andy was appointed Professor in Environmental Microbiology at RMIT University. He started his career as a Research Fellow in Liverpool University, UK and more recently held the position of Reader at the University Of Essex, UK. In April 2005, Andy was appointed Chair of Environmental Biotechnology at Flinders University Professor Ball brings a wealth of research and research and teaching expertise to the University at an International level, particularly in the fields of bioremediation, organic waste treatment, and environmental fate of organic pollutants. He is a former Director of the Centre for Environment and Society, Essex University, UK and Chairman and Director of Flinders Bioremediation.
Professor Ball has generated internationally acclaimed research outputs since 1985. He has 110 peer reviewed publications cited 1710 times in total, with an annual citation average above 200 over the past 4 years. In addition Professor Ball has published 5 books (2 as author and 3 as editor) and written 34 book chapters. He has currently five provisional patents and one full patent.
The three main research themes within the Environmental Microbiology are:
- Understanding the role of microorganisms in the cycling of nutrients in terrestrial and aquatic environments.
- Studying the impact of anthropogenic activities on microbial activity and diversity in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
- Examining bioenergy production and assessing the suitability of these technologies for commercialisation.
- The first 2 areas focus on the influence of pollutants on the activity of the microbial population together with the biodegradation of pollutants in situ. Through collaborations the specific research areas within these two themes vary. Use is made of current technological developments in molecular microbiology environmental chemistry to investigate microbially driven environmental processes.
Teaching commitments include undergraduate and Masters courses in:
- Environmental Microbiology
- Environmental Biotechnology
- Cell Structure and Function
Successfully completed the supervision of 32 Ph.D students, 6 MSc students at RMIT University and Flinders and Essex Universities.
- Ph.D. Liverpool University, Liverpool, UK, 1986
- B.Sc. (Hons.) Liverpool University, Liverpool, UK, 1983
- Editor, Bioresource Technology (2012 - present)
- Associate Editor, Microbiology (2009 - present)
- Editorial Board, International Journal of Sustainable Agriculture (2004 - present)
- Australia India Strategic Research Fund Committee (2008 - present)
- International Society for Microbial Ecology (2006- present)
- Society for General Microbiology (1984- present)
- Zahran, S.,Laidlaw, M.,Rowe, D.,Ball, A.,Mielke, H. (2017). Motor neuron disease mortality and lifetime petrol lead exposure: Evidence from national age-specific and state-level age-standardized death rates in Australia In: Environmental Research, 153, 181 - 190
- Laidlaw, M.,Filippelli, G.,Brown, S.,Paz-Ferreiro, J.,Reichman, S.,Netherway, P.,Truskewycz, A.,Ball, A.,Mielke, H. (2017). (In Press) Case studies and evidence-based approaches to addressing urban soil lead contamination In: Applied Geochemistry, , 1 - 17
- Shahsavari, E.,Aburto Medina, A.,Taha Elfouly, M.,Ball, A. (2016). A quantitative PCR approach for quantification of functional genes involved in the degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in contaminated soils In: MethodsX, 3, 205 - 211
- Mcgrath, T.,Morrison, P.,Ball, A.,Clarke, B. (2016). Selective pressurized liquid extraction of replacement and legacy brominated flame retardants from soil In: Journal of Chromatography A, 1458, 118 - 125
- Koshlaf, E.,Shahsavari, E.,Aburto Medina, A.,Taha Elfouly, M.,HALEYUR, N.,Makadia, T.,Morrison, P.,Ball, A. (2016). Bioremediation potential of diesel-contaminated Libyan soil In: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 133, 297 - 305
- Muktham, R.,Bhargava, S.,Bankupalli, S.,Ball, A. (2016). A Review on 1st and 2nd Generation Bioethanol Production-Recent Progress In: Journal of Sustainable Bioenergy Systems, 2016, 72 - 92
- Muktham, R.,Ball, A.,Bhargava, S.,Bankupalli, S. (2016). Bioethanol production from non-edible de-oiled Pongamia pinnata seed residue-optimization of acid hydrolysis followed by fermentation In: Industrial Crops and Products, 94, 490 - 497
- Mcgrath, T.,Morrison, P.,Sandiford, C.,Ball, A.,Clarke, B. (2016). Widespread polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) contamination of urban soils in Melbourne, Australia In: Chemosphere, 164, 225 - 232
- Makadia, T.,Shahsavari, E.,Adetutu, E.,Sheppard, P.,Ball, A. (2016). Effect of anaerobic co-digestion of grape marc and winery wastewater on energy production In: Australian Journal of Crop Science, 10, 57 - 61
- Nurulita, Y.,Adetutu, E.,Kadali, K.,Shahsavari, E.,Zul, D.,Taha, M.,Ball, A. (2016). Assessment of the influence of oil palm and rubber plantations in tropical peat swamp soils using microbial diversity and activity analysis In: Journal of Agricultural Chemistry and Environment, 5, 53 - 65
- Recycling and treatment of water under urban intensification. Funded by: ATN (Australian Technology Network) Research Project from (2017 to 2018)
- Novel eco-friendly nanoformulations for the control of powdery/downy mildew in grapes. Funded by: ATSE Global Connections Fund Bridging Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2017)
- Reviving Indian Rivers: Is nano-remediation the answer?. Funded by: Australia India Council Grant 2015 from (2016 to 2016)
- Protozoan mimics: Cryptosporidium surrogates for validation of granular media filtration. Funded by: Water Research Australia Grant 2014 from (2014 to 2017)
- The application of real time molecular-based microbiology for improving the overall performance of commercial bioremediation. Funded by: Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria Grant pre-2014 from (2013 to 2015)
13 PhD Current Supervisions and 2 Masters by Research Current Supervisions7 PhD Completions