Simon Foster

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University of Canberra

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Biography

Simon graduated with his PhD in environmental and analytical chemistry from the University of Canberra, Canberra (UC) in 2008. Simon then completed a 1 year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Canberra/Australian Antarctic Division conducting research on the construction of artificial Antarctic sediments for insitu re-colonisation experiments. On completion of his postdoctoral fellowship Simon took up a lecturing position at the University of Canberra in 2009 before accepting the position of Assistant Professor within the Faculty in 2010. Simon was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017.

Simon’s research focuses on the biochemical pathways associated with the uptake and metabolism of metals and metalloids in biological systems as well as the biogeochemical cycling on metals and metalloids in ecosystems.

Simon has had extensive experience in the development of analytical methods (such as LC-MS and ICP-MS and LC-ICP-MS) for the detection of metals and metal complexes in various environmental and biological specimens, including marine animals and algae, plasma, urine, whole blood, biological tissues, water, sediments and soils. Simon has participated in numerous certification trials for the development of certified reference materials for NRCC, IAEA among other institutions.

His current research interests are in:

- the chemical speciation of metals and metalloids in biological material (As, Sb, Hg, Sn, Se),

- the application of analytical chemistry to the measurement of trace and ultratrace metals, and

- understanding the transfer, biological metabolism and associated changes in the chemical form of metal and metalloids in aquatic and terrestrial environments and clinical samples.

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Beryllium isotope signatures of ice shelves and sub-ice shelf circulation

White, D. A., Fink, D., Post, A. L., Simon, K., Galton-Fenzi, B., Foster, S., Fujioka, T. & Yokoyama, Y., 1 Jan 2019, In : Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 505, p. 86-95 10 p.

University of Canberra

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  • The response of Isidorella newcombi to copper exposure: Using an integrated biological framework to interpret transcriptomic responses from RNA-seq analysis

    Ubrihien, R. P., Ezaz, T., Taylor, A. M., Stevens, M. M., Krikowa, F., Foster, S. & Maher, W. A., 1 Apr 2017, In : Aquatic Toxicology. 185, p. 183-192 10 p.

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