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Ed Burton

BSc(Hons)(Griff), PhD(Griff)

Professor (Research Scholar)

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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Edward Burton


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Prof Ed Burton leads the Environmental Geochemistry & Mineralogy group at Southern Cross University. This group explores metal(loid)-mineral-microbe interactions in environmental systems by integrating laboratory experiments, field studies and cutting-edge synchrotron-based X-ray techniques.

This approach has produced major new discoveries in understanding iron mineralogy, sulfur cycling, metal(loid) dynamics and water quality in diverse geo-environments (including acid sulfate soils, contaminated land, bushfire-impacted landscapes, and legacy mine sites).

Ed has a h-index of 53 and has authored over 130 journal papers since PhD completion in late 2005. He currently holds a $1.04 million Level-3 Future Fellowship from the ARC (2020-24) and is Editor of Elsevier's Journal of Hazardous Materials (Impact Factor = 13.6).

Ed has supervised 14 PhD students (8 female, 6 male) and 11 post-docs (4 female, 7 male). This includes current ongoing supervision of 5 PhD students, 1 MSc student and 2 post-docs.

Over the past 15 years, Ed has led 5 successful ARC Discovery Projects (total value = $1.51 million) and has contributed as a Chief Investigator on 7 ARC Linkage Projects (total value = $2.72 million). Over just the past 5 years, he has been awarded $2.66 million (in-kind) from ANSTO for Australian Synchrotron projects.

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