Researcher biography

After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University in 2013, Dr Talitha Santini commenced as a Lecturer in Environmental Management in Mining at the University of Queensland, where she holds a joint appointment across the School of Geography, Planning, and Environmental Management, and the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation. Dr Santini's research focusses on the rehabilitation of mine sites, tailings, and soils impacted by mining and refining activities, as well as 'extreme' soils derived from natural processes (salinised farmlands, acid sulfate soils). Her key areas of interest include geochemistry, mineralogy, microbiology, and the overlaps between these areas (geomicrobiology). As a soil scientist, Dr Santini is interested in mine wastes and tailings as novel soil parent materials, and compares soil formation processes to those observed in natural systems to identify opportunities for improvement of current rehabilitation practices.