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David is a science communicator and sustainable development educator, holding a Masters of Science Communication from Imperial College London, with a background in environmental chemistry research at Griffith University. At the Monash Sustainable Development Institute he teaches into the Master of Environment and Sustainability, including a core unit and in the Leadership for Sustainable Development specailisation.

He has worked on a variety of education and communication projects in Australia, Malaysia and the UK, from applied sustainability leadership short courses to large-scale science festivals. He specialises in content development and design of learning activities and environments that address complex and topical issues across science, technology and sustainability disciplines in creative and innovative ways.

At the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University, David researched sediment biogeochemistry, rapid toxicity testing of wastewater, and estuarine chemical processes. David's Masters dissertation analysed online dimensions of debates around climate science, and in his role at the Science Museum, David led a public dialogue event programme exploring climate, environment and other subjects.

Research area keywords

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Estuaries
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Toxicology
  • Science Communication
  • Sustainable Development

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2008 2017

1 Citation (Scopus)

Short-term nitrogen and phosphorus release during the disturbance of surface sediments: a case study in an urbanised estuarine system (Gold Coast Broadwater, Australia)

Dunn, R. J. K., Waltham, N. J., Teasdale, P. R., Robertson, D. & Welsh, D. T., 1 Jun 2017, In : Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 5, 2, 13 p., 16.

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Open Access
31 Citations (Scopus)

Benthic metabolism and nitrogen dynamics in an urbanised tidal creek: Domination of DNRA over denitrification as a nitrate reduction pathway

Dunn, R. J. K., Robertson, D., Teasdale, P. R., Waltham, N. J. & Welsh, D. T., 10 Oct 2013, In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 131, p. 271-281 11 p.

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32 Citations (Scopus)

Diurnal shifts in co-distributions of sulfide and iron(II) and profiles of phosphate and ammonium in the rhizosphere of Zostera capricorni

Pagès, A., Welsh, D. T., Robertson, D., Panther, J. G., Schäfer, J., Tomlinson, R. B. & Teasdale, P. R., 10 Dec 2012, In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 115, p. 282-290 9 p.

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49 Citations (Scopus)

Representative measurement of two-dimensional reactive phosphate distributions and co-distributed iron(II) and sulfide in seagrass sediment porewaters

Pagès, A., Teasdale, P. R., Robertson, D., Bennett, W. W., Schäfer, J. & Welsh, D. T., 1 Nov 2011, In : Chemosphere. 85, 8, p. 1256-1261 6 p.

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34 Citations (Scopus)

A sensitive, rapid ferricyanide-mediated toxicity bioassay developed using Escherichia coli

Catterall, K., Robertson, D., Hudson, S., Teasdale, P. R., Welsh, D. T. & John, R., 15 Jul 2010, In : Talanta. 82, 2, p. 751-757 7 p.

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