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)
- Poropat, A.,Laidlaw, M.,Lanphear, B.,Ball, A.,Mielke, H. (2018). Blood lead and preeclampsia: A meta-analysis and review of implications In: Environmental Research, 160, 12 - 19
- Shahsavari, E.,Schmidt, J.,Aburto Medina, A.,Khallaf, B.,BALAKRISHNAN RAVINDRAN, V.,Crosbie, N.,Surapaneni, A.,Ball, A. (2017). A modified assay for the enumeration of ascaris eggs in fresh raw sewage In: MethodsX, 4, 186 - 190
- Mcgrath, T.,Morrison, P.,Ball, A.,Clarke, B. (2017). Detection of novel brominated flame retardants (NBFRs) in the urban soils of Melbourne, Australia In: Emerging Contaminants, 3, 23 - 31
- Kaur, N.,Erickson, T.,Ball, A.,Ryan, M. (2017). A review of germination and early growth as a proxy for plant fitness under petrogenic contamination - knowledge gaps and recommendations In: Science of the Total Environment, 603-604, 728 - 744
- Poi, G.,Aburto Medina, A.,Mok, P.,Ball, A. (2017). Large scale bioaugmentation of soil contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons using a mixed microbial consortium In: Ecological Engineering, 102, 64 - 71
- Poi, G.,Aburto Medina, A.,Mok, P.,Ball, A.,Shahsavari, E. (2017). Bioremediation of phenol-contaminated industrial wastewater using a bacterial consortium-from laboratory to field In: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 228, 228 - 289
- McGrath, T.,Ball, A.,Clarke, B. (2017). Critical review of soil contamination by polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and novel brominated flame retardants (NBFRs); concentrations, sources and congener profiles In: Environmental Pollution, 230, 741 - 757
- Ball, A.,Shahsavari, E.,Aburto Medina, A.,Kadali, K.,Shaiban, A.,Stewart, R. (2017). Biostabilization of municipal solid waste fractions from an Advanced Waste Treatment plant In: Journal of King Saud University - Science, 29, 145 - 150
- Rodriguez, J.,Gonzalez-Perez, J.,Turmero, A.,Hernandez, M.,Ball, A.,Gonzalez-Vila, F.,Arias, M. (2017). Wildfire effects on the microbial activity and diversity in a Mediterranean forest soil In: Catena, 158, 82 - 88
- Laidlaw, M.,Gordon, C.,Ball, A. (2017). Preliminary assessment of surface soil lead concentrations in Melbourne, Australia In: Environmental Geochemistry and Health, , 1 - 14
- Evaluating the environmental impact of sun creams in Port Phillip Bay. Funded by: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science - Citizen Science Grants 2017 from (2017 to 2021)
- High Resolution Atomic Force Microscopy Facility for Bionanotechnology (Administered by Monash University). Funded by: ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Grant 2017 from (2017 to 2017)
- Novel bioremediation tools for nitrogen contaminated groundwater. Funded by: CRC CARE Pty Ltd - Scholarship from (2017 to 2020)
- Anaerobic digestion of winery waste - maximising biogas production. Funded by: Tarac Technologies Pty Ltd - contract research from (2017 to 2018)
- Recycling and treatment of water under urban intensification. Funded by: ATN (Australian Technology Network) Research Project from (2017 to 2018)
16 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions8 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions