ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION
AND BOTANICAL SCIENCE

THE PHYTO LAB

Run by Dr. Megan Phillips (BSc, PhD), the Phyto Lab explores the intersection between surface contaminants and environmental remediation approaches in Australian environments, both terrestrial and aquatic.

Who We Are

Dr. Megan Phillips (BSc, PhD)
Environmental Biologist and Lecturer at UTS.

Dr. Megan Phillips is an Environmental Biologist and Lecturer at UTS, specialising in environmental contaminants and local-level remediation strategies. Her current research explores the phytoremediation potential of plants, using a targeted contaminant and region-specific approach. She is also investigating new and traditional oil spill remediation technologies within a comparative framework.

Her scientific approach encompasses desktop analysis, fieldwork, and manipulative experiments. She primarily works with heavy metal contaminants and petroleum-hydrocarbon mixes.

Megan also coordinates 91159 Environmental Remediation and the BSc Environmental Science Honours Program at UTS and is actively involved in several scientific and community working groups.

What We Do

01.

Technical Innovation

We are interested in developing new methods and technologies to reduce terrestrial and aquatic land contamination in a safe, cost-effective and non-destructive way

02.

Build Networks

We collaborate with community and educational groups, as well as industry and NGO partners

03.

Local Site Remediation​

We work within urban areas of the Sydney catchment, but also have field sites in coastal and regional New South Wales. Our manipulative glasshouse projects are conducted in the rooftop facilities of the UTS Science building

04.

Contaminant Removal

We investigate and develop solutions for terrestrial and aquatic surface contamination across Australia, with particular emphasis on heavy metals and petroleum hydrocarbon mixes

05.

Phytoremediation

Phytoremediation is a method which harnesses natural plant processes to assist in the immobilisation and clean-up of pollutants from surface landscapes. This method has been shown to be effective in cleaning up Petroleum Hydrocarbons, PCB, and heavy metals

06.

Oil Spill Remediation

We investigate traditional and emerging approaches for remediating oil spills. This work is an ongoing and evolving series of projects, with the overarching goal to improve our current approaches for oil spill clean up

Environmental Remediation & Botanical Science Research

Overview

The Phyto Lab investigates and develops solutions for terrestrial and aquatic surface contamination across Australia, with particular emphasis on heavy metals and Petroleum Hydrocarbon mixes

Current Projects

In 2018, we are working on a range of projects including in-situ field work across contaminated sites in New South Wales, and manipulative lab experiments at the UTS City Campus

recent award

Greatest Potential Impact Award, IMPACT7 2018

Here’s a 5-minute YouTube movie of Dr. Phillips speaking about her research at an event called Impact7 which ran earlier this month in Melbourne. Dr. Phillips won the “Greatest Potential Impact Award” for her research at that event!

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Media Articles

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

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Conference & Workshop Presentations

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Radio Interviews

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