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Dr Talitha Santini is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences and Management in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UQ. 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.