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)
- Furlong, C.,Jegatheesan, J.,Currell, M.,Iyer-Raniga, U.,Khan, T.,Ball, A. (2019). Is the global public willing to drink recycled water? A review for researchers and practitioners In: Utilities Policy, 56, 53 - 61
- Aburto Medina, A.,Shahsavari, E.,Salzman, S.,Kramer, A.,Ball, A.,Allinson, G. (2019). Elucidation of the microbial diversity in rivers in south-west Victoria, Australia impacted by rural agricultural contamination (dairy farming) In: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 172, 356 - 363
- Poi, G.,Shahsavari, E.,Aburto Medina, A.,Mok, P.,Ball, A. (2018). Large scale treatment of total petroleum-hydrocarbon contaminated groundwater using bioaugmentation In: Journal of Environmental Management, 214, 157 - 163
- Schwarz, A.,Adetutu, E.,Juhasz, A.,Aburto Medina, A.,Ball, A.,Shahsavari, E. (2018). Microbial Degradation of Phenanthrene in Pristine and Contaminated Sandy Soils In: Microbial Ecology, 75, 888 - 902
- Khudur, L.,Ball, A. (2018). RemScan: A tool for monitoring the bioremediation of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons in contaminated soil In: MethodsX, 5, 705 - 709
- KHUDUR, L.,Gleeson, D.,Ryan, M.,Shahsavari, E.,HALEYUR, N.,Nugegoda, D.,Ball, A. (2018). Implications of co-contamination with aged heavy metals and total petroleum hydrocarbons on natural attenuation and ecotoxicity in Australian soils In: Environmental Pollution, 243, 94 - 102
- Nurdin, S.,Le Leu, R.,Aburto Medina, A.,Young, G.,Stangoulis, J.,Ball, A.,Abbott, C. (2018). Effects of dietary fibre from the traditional Indonesian food, green cincau (Premna oblongifolia merr.) on preneoplastic lesions and short chain fatty acid production in an azoxymethane rat model of colon cancer In: International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 19, 1 - 18
- McGrath, T.,Morrison, P.,Ball, A.,Clarke, B. (2018). Spatial Distribution of Novel and Legacy Brominated Flame Retardants in Soils Surrounding Two Australian Electronic Waste Recycling Facilities In: Environmental Science and Technology, 52, 8194 - 8204
- Truskewycz, A.,Shukla, R.,Ball, A. (2018). Phytofabrication of Iron Nanoparticles for Hexavalent Chromium Remediation In: ACS Omega, 3, 10781 - 10790
- Laidlaw, M.,Gordon, C.,Taylor, M.,Ball, A. (2018). Estimates of potential childhood lead exposure from contaminated soil using the USEPA IEUBK model in Melbourne, Australia In: Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 40, 2785 - 2793
- Inhaled therapeutics for the treatment of childhood Tuberculosis with a next generation nebulisation platform. Funded by: Rebecca Cooper Medical Research Foundation Grant 2017 from (2018 to 2020)
- Recycling plastics in Asian city environments (RePLACE). Funded by: ProSPER.Net Joint Research Projects 2017 from (2018 to 2019)
- Innovative Biosolid reuse technologies for post mining restoration. Funded by: Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Primary Grant Stage 2 2018 from (2018 to 2019)
- A nanotechnology based paper strips assay for rapid detection of Childhood TB. Funded by: Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Primary Grant Stage 2 2018 from (2018 to 2019)
- Evaluating the environmental impact of sun creams in Port Phillip Bay. Funded by: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science - Citizen Science Grants from (2017 to 2021)
10 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions16 PhD Current Supervisions