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Elke Reichwaldt

Dr Elke Reichwaldt

Honorary Research Fellow
Academic Staff (Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering)

Contact details
Academic Staff (Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering)
The University of Western Australia (M051)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 1145
+61 8 6488 1015
PhD Munich
Elke Reichwaldt is currently a Research Fellow within the Aquatic Ecology and Ecosystems Studies Group (School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering). Before Elke joined UWA in 2008, she completed her PhD at the University of Munich (2004) and was a Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Limnology, Plön, Germany.
Her research seeks to understand the ecological functioning of natural and engineered waterbodies, with a focus on microbial and grazer communities, to inform sustainable water resource management. This includes furthering the process understanding of waste stabilisation ponds and finding solutions for improved performance. She is also interested in how (toxic) cyanobacterial blooms affect ecological processes and how this impacts water quality.
Elke has led numerous large scale projects, including interdisciplinary and international collaborations and has over 15 years’ experience in designing large and small scale studies in a variety of aquatic systems. Further, she is an international expert advisor for European funding bodies and a committee member of UWA Researchers’ Association.
Key research
Ecological functioning of aquatic ecosystems
Water resources
Wastewater engineering
Eutrophication and cyanobacterial blooms
Algal toxins
Plankton communities
Aquatic ecology and Limnology
Bioindicators and tracers in ecological studies

Book chapters
Reichwaldt, E.S., Sinang, S.C. and Ghadouani, A. (2015) Global warming, climate patterns and toxic cyanobacteria. In: Climate change and marine and freshwater toxins. L.M. Botana, M.C. Louzao, N. Vilariño (eds.). De Gruyter. ISBN: 978-3-11-033359-6.

Recent peer-reviewed journal articles
Reichwaldt, E.S., Stone, D., Barrington, D. J., Sinang, S.C. and Ghadouani, A. (2016) Development of toxicological risk assessment models for acute and chronic exposure to pollutants. Toxins 8: 251.

Parker, K., Reichwaldt, E.S., Ghadouani, A. and Mitch, W. (2016) Halogen radicals promote the photodegradation of microcystins in estuarine systems. Environmental Science & Technology 50: 8505-8513.

Glaz, P., Bartosiewicz, M., Laurion, I., Maranger, R., Reichwaldt, E.S. and Ghadouani, A. (2016) Greenhouse gas emissions from waste stabilization ponds in Western Australia and Québec. Water Research 101: 64-74.

Reichwaldt, E. S. and Ghadouani, A. (2016). Can mussels be used as sentinel organisms for characterisation of pollution in urban water systems? Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20: 1-11.

Sinang, S. C., Reichwaldt, E. S. and Ghadouani, A. (2015) Could the presence of larger fractions of non-cyanobacterial species be used as a predictor of microcystin production under variable nutrient regimes? Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 187: 476-490.

Sinang, S. C., Reichwaldt, E. S. and Ghadouani, A. (2015) Local nutrient regimes determine site-specific environmental triggers of cyanobacterial and microcystin variability in urban lakes. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 19: 2179-2195, doi: 10.5194/hess-19-2179-2015.

Song, H., Coggins, L.X., Reichwaldt, E.S. and Ghadouani, A. (2015) The importance of lake sediments as a pathway for microcystin dynamics in shallow eutrophic lakes. Toxins 7: 900-918.

Song, H., Reichwaldt, E.S. and Ghadouani, A. (2014) Contribution of sediments in the removal of microcystin-LR from water. Toxicon 83: 84-90.

Reichwaldt, E. S., Song, H. and Ghadouani, A. (2013) Effects of the distribution of a toxic Microcystis bloom on the small scale patchiness of zooplankton. PLoS ONE 8: e66674.

Sinang, S.C., Reichwaldt, E.S., Ghadouani, A. (2013) Spatial and temporal variability in the relationship between cyanobacterial biomass and microcystins. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185: 6379-6395.

Barrington, D. J., Reichwaldt, E. S., Ghadouani, A. (2013) The use of hydrogen peroxide to remove cyanobacteria and microcystins from waste stabilization ponds and hypereutrophic systems. Ecological Engineering 50: 86-94.

Reichwaldt, E. S., Zheng, L., Barrington, D.J., Ghadouani, A. (2012) Acute toxicological response of Daphnia and Moina to hydrogen peroxide. Journal of Environmental Engineering 138: 607-611.

Reichwaldt, E.S. & Ghadouani, A. (2012) Effects of rainfall patterns on toxic cyanobacterial blooms in a changing climate: between simplistic scenarios and complex dynamics. Water Research 46: 1372-1393.

Fink, P., Reichwaldt, E.S., Harrod, C. & Rossberg, A.G. (2012) Determining trophic niche width: An experimental test of the stable isotope approach. Oikos 121: 1985–1994.

Haupt, F., Stockenreiter, M., Reichwaldt, E.S., Baumgartner, M., Lampert, W., Boersma, M.& Herwig Stibor (2010) Upward phosphorus transport by Daphnia diel vertical migration. Limnology and Oceanography 55: 529-534.

Smith, M.D., Goater, S.E., Reichwaldt, E.S., Ghadouani, A. & Knott, B. (2010) Combined effects of increased salinity and eutrophication on the microbialite community of Lake Clifton (Western Australia): Are the thrombolites at risk? Hydrobiologia 649: 207-216.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Elke holds a research-only position. She currently co-supervises three PhD candidates. She is also a co-lecturer for several units (see Teaching) and co-supervises engineering students during their final engineering research project.
Funding received
2015: Tasmanian Water Corporation TASWATER - Development and Support of the Implementation of Remotely Operated Sludge Measurement Technology - Phase 1 - Feasibility Study, Development and Support of the Implementation (co- CI; $60,750)

2015: Swan River Trust - Assessment of sediment in critical habitat pools of the Canning River (co- CI; $10,000)

2014: UWA-UQ Bilateral Research Collaboration Award - Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in aquatic systems: Development of a collaborative framework for strategic research (co- CI; $18,000)

2013: ARC Linkage Project with Water Corporation of Western Australia as industry partner - Process understanding of treatment performance of waste stabilization ponds: controlling factors, novel performance indices, and risk assessment (First CI: Ghadouani; named as Research Associate; contributed largely to its success; $773,750)

2012/13: UWA Safety Net Scheme (sole CI; $40,700)

2012: R&D project from the Water Corporation WA – Cyanobacterial toxin risk assessment (co-CI; $149,000)

2012: R&D project from the Water Corporation WA – The determination of sludge density in WWTP using sonar technology. (co-CI; $160,000)

2012: R&D project from the Water Corporation WA – Application of attached growth media in WWTP for the improvement of treatment capacity (co-CI; $180,000)

2012: ECM Research Development Award - Biochemical indicators of biological wastewater treatment efficiency: The application of metabolomics and flow cytometry. (sole CI; $20,000)

2009: UWA Research Development Award - Mussels as bioindicators for spatial and temporal variability of human impact on the Swan River system, Western Australia. (sole CI; $19,000)

2000 – 2002: PhD scholarship from Munich University (LMU), Germany (sole CI; $24,000)

1996-1997: 6-months ERASMUS scholarship to study "Life Sciences" at the University of Galway, Ireland

Industrial relevance
Wastewater Engineering; Water Resource Management;
German, English
- Water Research Australia
- UWA Researchers’ Association
- Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
- International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology (SIL)
- VdBiol (Association of German Biologists)
Previous positions
2004-2006: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Department of Physiological Ecology, Plön, Germany.
- Ecological Engineering (ENVE4405)
- Environmental Systems (ENSC3013)
- Wastewater treatment and reuse (ENVE5502)
- Environmental Engineering Design Project (ENVE 5552)
Useful links
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-1234-5658
Current projects
- ARC Linkage Project (LP130100856) - Performance of waste stabilisation ponds: controlling factors, novel performance indicators, and risk assessment

- Assessment of sediment in critical habitat pools of the Canning River – Department of Parks and Wildlife, WA.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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