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Penelope Jones

Penny Jones

Research Fellow - Environmental Health

MSP2 Level 3 Open Plan Area , Hobart CBD Campuses

0490 389 415 (phone)

Penelope.Jones@utas.edu.au

Dr Penny Jones is a Junior Research Fellow in environmental health at the Menzies for Medical Research. She has a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary background, combining government experience in environmental policy with research spanning palaeoecology, archaeology, aerobiology and most recently, environmental health. In her current role, she is investigating Tasmania’s aerobiological landscape and new ways of understanding how different pollen types impact public health. More broadly, her main interests are the impacts of climate change on human health and the coupled human and environmental past.

Biography

Penny’s research career began as a palaeoecologist at the University of Melbourne, using fossil pollen and charcoal to reconstruct long term vegetation and climate histories. She then took a break from research and spent several years in the Victorian Public Service. Based in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, she worked across a broad spectrum of environmental, natural resource management and water policy.

In 2012 Penny moved to the University of Cambridge, where she undertook a PhD in Archaeological Science. Her PhD used an innovative combination of isotopic techniques to investigate impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security in the Indus Civilisation - a Bronze Age Civilisation that once stretched across the plains of north-western India and Pakistan.

In her current role, rather than using pollen to reconstruct past climates, Penny works as part of the ‘AirRater Project’ to research pollen through the lens of public health. Penny manages AirRater’s pollen monitoring team and works on research projects ranging from developing pollen forecasting models to utilising immunology and DNA analysis to better understand which pollen types are most important from public health perspective.

Penny is also passionate about science communication, participating regularly in public outreach events such as Science in the Pub and the Festival of Bright Ideas. In 2018 she will also work with local director Rowan Harris on a science improvisation show.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Cambridge, UK, 2017. Thesis: Climate change, agriculture and food security in the Indus Civilisation, 3000-1500 BC.
  • BA (1st Class Hons), University of Melbourne, Australia, 2008.
  • Dip.Mod.Lang (Japanese), University of Melbourne, Australia, 2008

Languages (other than English)

Japanese, Italian (intermediate)

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australasian Quaternary Association
  • VicTAPS Advisory Committee

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Penny has teaching experience in palaeoecology and archaeological science, as well as considerable experience in developing and delivering public outreach education materials and professional training courses in aerobiology. For example, she has:

  • Developed and delivered in pollen monitoring and pollen identification for the Victorian Thunderstorm Asthma Pollen Surveillance Network and the AirRater network
  • Developed supporting online pollen monitoring training modules and resources
  • Developed and delivered undergraduate modules in archaeobotanical and palaeoecological techniques
  • Delivered courses in organisational environmentalism and behaviour change.

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Expertise

  • Aerobiology
  • Impacts of pollen and other aeroallergens on public health
  • Archaeological science
  • Long term ecological history of Tasmania

Research Themes

Penny’s research is aligned with two of the University’s research themes: Better Health, and Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Her current research in the ‘AirRater’ team focuses on monitoring, mapping and forecasting aeroallergens (mainly pollen), and understanding the implications for public health. Current projects include collaborations with atmospheric modellers to develop pollen forecast models, as well working with molecular researchers to investigate the DNA profile of pollen across Tasmania.  Penny has also supported the Victorian response to the 2016 thunderstorm asthma event and has been active in the development of Australian standards for aerobiological monitoring and research.

Penny also maintains active research activity in archaeology and palaeoecology and is currently working on a project seeking to map the biogeography of past Tasmanian Aboriginal settlement.

Awards

Menzies Research Impact Award 2018 (AirRater team)

Current projects

AirRater, an air sensing network to protect Tasmanians' health

AirRater is a research project and free smartphone application designed to support people with asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions better manage their health.  The app supports individuals to better manage their conditions by providing timely, location-specific and easily accessible information about airborne pollen, air pollution and meteorological conditions, all of which influence respiratory symptoms. For more information visit the AirRater webpage.

Fields of Research

  • Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
  • Archaeological Science (210102)
  • Epidemiology (111706)
  • Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas (210103)
  • Allergy (110701)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Environmental Monitoring (050206)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Palaeoecology (060206)
  • Urban and Regional Planning (120599)
  • Natural Hazards (040604)
  • Microbial Ecology (060504)
  • Atmospheric Aerosols (040101)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Health Economics (140208)
  • Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
  • Infectious Diseases (110309)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology (210101)
  • Meteorology (040107)
  • Ecology (060299)
  • Respiratory Diseases (110203)
  • Environmental Science and Management (050299)
  • Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
  • Landscape Ecology (050104)
  • Environment Policy (160507)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)

Research Objectives

  • Environmental Health (920405)
  • Urban and Industrial Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960812)
  • Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology (970121)
  • Understanding Past Societies (950599)
  • Immune System and Allergy (920108)
  • Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma) (920115)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)
  • Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960806)
  • Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) (920499)
  • Ahuatanga Maori (Maori Tradition) (950301)
  • Understanding Asia's Past (950502)
  • Infectious Diseases (920109)
  • Application Tools and System Utilities (890202)
  • Health Protection and/or Disaster Response (920407)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of environments (960899)
  • Urban and Industrial Air Quality (960106)
  • Conserving Natural Heritage (950305)
  • Government and Politics (940299)
  • Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change (960305)

Publications

Total publications

24

Journal Article

(17 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Campbell SL, Jones PJ, Williamson GJ, Wheeler AJ, Lucani C, et al., 'Using digital technology to protect health in prolonged poor air quality episodes: a case study of the AirRater App during the Australian 2019-20 fires', Fire, 3, (40) pp. 1-12. ISSN 2571-6255 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/fire3030040 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Campbell SL; Williamson GJ; Wheeler AJ; Lucani C; Bowman DMJS; Johnston FH

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2020Clarke LJ, Jones PJ, Ammitzboll H, Barmuta LA, Breed MF, et al., 'Mainstreaming microbes across biomes', Bioscience pp. 1-8. ISSN 0006-3568 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biaa057 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Clarke LJ; Ammitzboll H; Barmuta LA; Charleston M; Dakwa V; Eri R; Fountain-Jones NM; Kendal D; Sow SLS; Vemuri R; Flies EJ

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2020Flies E, Clarke L, Brook BW, Jones P, 'Urbanisation reduces the abundance and diversity of airborne microbes - but what 1 does that mean for our health? A systematic review', Science of The Total Environment Article 140337. ISSN 0048-9697 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140337 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Flies E; Clarke L; Brook BW

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2020Jones PJ, Koolhof IS, Wheeler AJ, Williamson GJ, Lucani C, et al., 'Can smartphone data identify the local environmental drivers of respiratory disease?', Environmental Research, 182 Article 109118. ISSN 0013-9351 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109118 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Koolhof IS; Wheeler AJ; Williamson GJ; Lucani C; Campbell SL; Bowman DMJS; Johnston FH

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2020Wheeler AJ, Jones PJ, Reisen F, Melody SM, Williamson G, et al., 'Roof cavity dust as an exposure proxy for extreme air pollution events', Chemosphere, 244 Article 125537. ISSN 0045-6535 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.125537 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Wheeler AJ; Melody SM; Williamson G; Blizzard L; Chappell K; Zosky GR; Johnston F

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2019Campbell SL, Fox-Hughes PD, Jones PJ, Remenyi TA, Chappell K, et al., 'Evaluating the risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma: lessons from Australia', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, (5) Article 837. ISSN 1661-7827 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16050837 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Campbell SL; Remenyi TA; Chappell K; White CJ; Johnston FH

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2019Jones PJ, Williamson GJ, Bowman DMJS, Lefroy EC, 'Mapping Tasmania's cultural landscapes: using habitat suitability modelling of archaeological sites as a landscape history tool', Journal of Biogeography, 46, (11) pp. 2570-2582. ISSN 0305-0270 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13684 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Williamson GJ; Bowman DMJS; Lefroy EC

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2019Liu X, Jones PJ, Matuzeviciute GM, Hunt HV, Lister DL, et al., 'From ecological opportunism to multi-cropping: Mapping food globalisation in prehistory', Quaternary Science Reviews, 206 pp. 21-28. ISSN 0277-3791 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.12.017 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 17

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2019Milic A, Addison-Smith B, Jones PJ, Beggs PJ, Erbas B, et al., 'Quality control of pollen identification and quantification exercise for the AusPollen Aerobiology Collaboration Network: a pilot study', Aerobiologia, (April) pp. 1-5. ISSN 0393-5965 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10453-019-09580-4 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Bowman DMJS, Jones PJ, 'RE: Australian state forecasts deadly thunderstorm asthma', Science, 359, (6374) pp. 380 [online eLetters tab]. ISSN 0036-8075 (2018) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6374.380 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2018Johnson FH, Wheeler AJ, Williamson GJ, Campbell SL, Jones PJ, et al., 'Using smartphone technology to reduce health impacts from atmospheric environmental hazards', Environmental Research Letters, 13, (4) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1748-9326 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aab1e6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Johnson FH; Wheeler AJ; Williamson GJ; Campbell SL; Koolhof IS; Lucani C; Cooling NB; Bowman DMJS

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2018Pirrie S, Jackett A, Jones PJ, Lyon S, '''Waiting for Water': An art and science collaboration about water in three regions of Australia', The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, 13, (3) pp. 9-26. ISSN 2326-9960 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18848/2326-9960/CGP/v13i03/9-26 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Singh RN, Petrie CA, Alam A, Bates J, Ceccarelli A, et al., 'Living in the hinterland: survey and excavations at Lohari Ragho 2015-2017', Puratattva, 48 pp. 130-141. ISSN 0970-2105 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2017Jones PJ, Thomas I, Fletcher M-S, 'Long-term environmental change in eastern Tasmania: vegetation, climate and fire at Stoney Lagoon', Holocene, 27, (9) pp. 1340-1349. ISSN 0959-6836 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0959683617690591 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4

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2017Liu X, Lister DL, Zhao Z, Petrie CA, Zeng X, et al., 'Journey to the east: Diverse routes and variable flowering times for wheat and barley en route to prehistoric China', PLoS One, 12, (11) Article e0187405. ISSN 1932-6203 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0187405 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 23

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2017Petrie CA, Singh RN, Bates J, Dixit Y, French CAI, et al., 'Adaptation to variable environments, resilience to climate change: Investigating land, water and settlement in Indus Northwest India', Current Anthropology, 58, (1) pp. 1-30. ISSN 0011-3204 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1086/690112 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 41Web of Science - 37

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2016Liu X, Lister DL, Zhao Z, Staff RA, Jones PJ, et al., 'The virtues of small grain size: Potential pathways to a distinguishing feature of Asian wheats', Quaternary International, 426 pp. 107-119. ISSN 1040-6182 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2016.02.059 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 40Web of Science - 33

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Beggs PJ, Davies JM, Milic A, Haberle SG, Johnston F, et al., 'Australian airborne pollen and spore monitoring network interim standard and protocols', pp. 1-77. (2018) [Authored Other Book]

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Co-authors: Johnston F

Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Lightfoot E, Liu X, Jones PJ, 'A World of C4 Pathways: On the Use of δ13C Values to Identify the Consumption of C4 Plants in the Archaeological Record', Far from the Hearth: Essays in Honour of Martin K. Jones, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, E Lightfoot, X Liu, DQ Fuller (ed), Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 165-176. ISBN 978-1-902937-87-8 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.17863/CAM.38313 [eCite] [Details]

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Jones PJ, Petrie CA, O'Connell TC, Jones MK, 'Investigating adaptation to climate change in the archaeological record: a conceptual framework and an isotopic approach in the Indus Civilisation', Dev Publishers, Delhi, pp. 1-15. (2019) [Conference Edited]

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2018Johnston F, Wheeler A, Williamson G, Jones P, Koolhof IS, 'AirRater Tasmania: Using smartphone technology to understand local environmental drivers of symptoms in people with asthma and allergic rhinitis', Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 141 (2) Article AB84. ISSN 0091-6749 (2018) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2017.12.272 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Johnston F; Wheeler A; Williamson G; Koolhof IS

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Kendal D, Flies E, Marsh P, Jones P, Threlfall C, et al., 'Managing Urban Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Human Health', Healthy Landscapes Research Group, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Kendal D; Flies E; Marsh P; Jones M; Anders R; Collie N; Kaplan H; Allegretto G

Other Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Pirrie S, Lyon S, Jackett A, Jones PJ, 'Waiting for Water: Exhibition Catalogue, 4-26 August, Nan Giese Gallery (Darwin), Watch this Space (Alice Springs) and Pumphouse Point (Tasmania)', 2016 Darwin Festival, Darwin, Australia (2016) [Catalogue]

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Co-authors: Jackett A

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Jones PJ, 'Climate change, water stress and agriculture in the Indus Civilisation, 3000-1500 BC' (2018) [PhD]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

23

Total funding

$821,666

Projects

VicTAPS training 2020 (2020)$16,204
Description
We will train staff to identify pollen and contribute to the Victorian Thunderstorm Asthma Monitoring System at 6 locations around Victoria, and provide quality assurance to the University of Melbourne.
Funding
The University of Melbourne ($16,204)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones PJ
Year
2020
AQVx (Air Quality Visualisation) (2020 - 2021)$44,589
Description
Operation and maintenance of the Air Quality Visualisation framework developed as part of a prior project funded by a subcontract with CSIRO. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will fund the continuation of the tool under a consultancy. This will provide opportunity to assess the tool under a range of fire risks.
Funding
Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic) ($44,589)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Williamson G; Jones PJ; Wheeler A
Period
2020 - 2021
AirRater NT Health air quality analysis (2020)$10,490
Description
We will provide the NT Department of Health with an analysis of air quality (PM2.5) trends, including GIS-based source apportionment. We will provide policy recommendations based on this analysis.
Funding
Northern Territory Dept of Health ($10,490)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Jones PJ; Williamson G
Year
2020
OzAirRater: Evaluation of AirRater as a public health surveillance system (2019)$24,751
Description
We will operate AirRater in the ACT for the duration of 2019. We will use the data to conduct epidemiological and pollen-based research. We will implement a collaborative project with ACT Health to design and evaluate an AirRater-based respiratory health surveillance system for the ACT.
Funding
ACT Health ($24,751)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Jones PJ; Williamson G; Wheeler A; Haberle Simon; Lucani CJ
Year
2019
Evaluation of AirRater (2019)$26,000
Description
We will operate AirRater in Tasmania for the duration of 2019. We will use the data to conduct epidemiological and pollen-based research. We will implement a collaborative project with Tas DoH to design and evaluate an AirRater-based respiratory health surveillance system for Tasmania. We will conduct qualitative evaluations of AirRater as a clinical tool as well as metagenomic and immunological studies designed to identify the key aeroallergens impacting Tasmanians.
Funding
Department of Health (Tasmania) ($26,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Jones PJ; Williamson G; Wheeler A; Lucani CJ
Year
2019
How well can we track population exposure to smoke in southwest WA using the AirRaterSmoke smartphone app? (2019 - 2020)$29,200
Description
The AirRaterSmoke app has been developed by a joint Menzies-Biological Sciences team at the University of Tasmania. We have developed a customised version of the AirRater system entitled AirRaterSmoke. This provides communities with access to data on current smoke episodes; provides a tool for individuals to report their health symptoms and; a method to report their perception of smoke impacts. This will be provided to Department of Health Western Australia to disseminate to the public for use during planned burns and bushfires. It will provide the department with much needed information on how such activities impact on communities and the publics health.
Funding
Department of Health Western Australia ($29,200)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Jones PJ; Wheeler A; Williamson G; Lucani CJ
Period
2019 - 2020
VICTAPS Network Pollen Training (2019)$15,953
Description
We will train staff to identify pollen and contribute to the Victorian Thunderstorm Asthma Monitoring System at 8 locations around Victoria, and provide quality assurance to the University of Melbourne.
Funding
The University of Melbourne ($15,953)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones PJ; Johnston F
Year
2019
AirRater TASAIR 2019 (2019)$5,000
Description
We will provide a customised version of the AirRater app (AirRater Symptom Tracker) to be used as a data collection tool for a project testing the effects of de-sensitisation to rye grass pollen on a cohort affected by thunderstorm asthma in 2016.
Funding
Eastern Health, Victoria ($5,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Jones PJ
Year
2019
AirRater TASAIR 2019 (2019)$5,350
Description
We will provide a customised version of the AirRater app to be used as a data collection tool for the Victorian Thunderstorm Asthma and Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis Project. This is a repeat of a successful project in 2018.
Funding
Royal Melbourne Hospital [Melbourne Health] ($5,350)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Jones PJ
Year
2019
Healthy Future Environments and People (2019 - 2022)$233,172
Description
This grant will allow myself and colleagues to 1) form the Healthy Future Environments and People consortium as a new strategic area of research strength for the University and 2) conduct some original research to formalise and strengthen this collaboration. This diverse group includes ecological and health researchers (across career stages), students, government officials, and social scientists who want to understand and develop environmental solutions for health problems.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($233,172)
Scheme
Grant- Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Flies E; Kendal DJ; Marsh P; Jones PJ; Clarke L; Ondei S
Period
2019 - 2022
Human health and the aerial microbiome: uncovering interactions across Australia (2019)$19,989
Description
This is a pilot project for a Category 1 funding application in 2020. It includes two core activities: (1) Holding a workshop to develop collaborations and methodologies; and (2) A pilot personal monitoring study collecting paired aerial microbiome and health symptom data from volunteers.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($19,989)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones PJ; Johnston F; Dickinson JL; Flies E
Year
2019
What is the economic impact of allergic respiratory disease in Tasmania? (2019)$10,000
Description
This project will provide the first economic assessment of the burden of allergic respiratory disease (allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma) in Tasmania. Together, allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma affect over 20% of the Tasmanian population, yet there has been no rigorousanalysis of the health and economic impacts. This project will cost the direct and indirect costs of these conditions across Tasmania. In doing so, we will provide a rigorous evidence base to build a case for allergic respiratory research, and directly inform government and non-government investment in interventions. Our research will be co-designed with expert input from government and non-government stakeholders (Asthma Australia) to ensure alignment with end-user needs.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Palmer AJ; Jones PJ; Bereznicki BJ; Cooling NB; Zosky GR
Year
2019
Port Macquarie Rapid Response (2019)$10,000
Description
We will measure indoor and outdoor air quality at the Port Macquarie Library to see how well the library protects against outdoor air pollutionWe will make AirRater available to the population
Funding
Centre for Air Quality and Health Research Evaluation ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Jones PJ
Year
2019
Understanding the effects of an inner-city student accommodation community garden project in Hobart: Melville St Community Garden Project @ the Hobart City Apartments (2019)$50,000
Description
The University of Tasmania is beginning a journey to shift the focus of the Hobart campuses from Sandy Bay into the Hobart CBD. One of the first steps on this journey is to improve the public landscape and integration of the Melville Street student accommodation through a community garden.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($50,000)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Marsh P; Kendal DJ; Flies E; Jones PJ; Owen CM; Byrne JA
Year
2019
AirRater Darwin app (2018)$22,790
Description
To roll-out the AirRater App to the Northern Territory.
Funding
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NT) ($22,790)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Bowman DMJS; Wheeler A; Williamson G; Jones PJ
Year
2018
OzAirRater: Investigating smoke, pollen and meteorological hazards in ACT (2018)$20,000
Funding
ACT Health ($20,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Wheeler A; Williamson G; Jones PJ; Haberle Simon; Lucani CJ
Year
2018
Deakin Pollen Recount (2018)$19,399
Description
We will analyse 184 pollen slides from two sites Burwood and Geelong in the Victorian Thunderstorm Asthma monitoring network (VICTAPS) in order to provide the BoM with counts that are equivalent to those collected from the other 5 VICTAPS sites.
Funding
Bureau of Meteorology ($19,399)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones PJ
Year
2018
VICTAPS Network Pollen Training (2018)$15,651
Description
We will train staff to identify pollen and contribute to the Victorian Thunderstorm Asthma Monitoring System at 8 locations around Victoria, and provide quality assurance to the University of Melbourne.
Funding
University of Melbourne ($15,651)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones PJ
Year
2018
Anthropogenic impacts on environmental microbiomes (2018)$9,984
Description
The human microbiomes is central to our health and is influenced by the microbial communities in the surrounding environment. But we know little about how human actions shape environmental microbiomes. The aims of this project are to: 1.Characterise the microbial community across urban land use types2.Compare soil microbial community and chemical composition in paired urban and rural habitatsa.Determine the influence of human activities on soil chemistry and microbiomeb.Infer impacts on human health3.Conduct a proof-of-concept test on AirRater filter samples to determine if they can be used to sample aerosolised microbial communities a.Compare aerial microbial community composition changes over time
Funding
University of Tasmania ($9,984)
Scheme
Grant- Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Flies E; Clarke L; Ondei S; Jones PJ
Year
2018
Which pollen types matter? Towards better allergy diagnosis in Tasmania (2018)$18,322
Description
We will use a novel technique known as HalogenImmunoAssay to help improve allergy diagnosis and treatment by testing which pollen types Tasmanians are sensitised to.
Funding
Tasmanian Community Fund ($18,322)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Jones PJ; Wheeler A; Cooling NB; Green B
Year
2018
Victoria Pollen training (2017)$15,754
Description
The aim of this project is to implement pollen monitoring at 5 locations across Victoria in support of the Thunderstorm asthma project. This will ensure consistency between projects such as AirRater and future pollen related projects. This contract is to train pollen readers for the new Victoria pollen sites being implemented by the University of Melbourne. To conduct quality assurance of readings over time. Through the AirRater project the team have developed expertise in this area.
Funding
University of Melbourne ($15,754)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Jones PJ
Year
2017
EOI 5 Community Impacts of Smoke (2017)$179,782
Description
This project will build a seamless methodology and physical system for generating real-time and 24-72 hour forward predictive intelligence of smoke transport (sourced from both within and outside of Victoria), smoke exposure and community impacts as sourced from social media and the AirRater app technology.
Funding
Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC ($179,782)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation
Research Team
Cope M; Johnston F; Wheeler A; Jones PJ; Williamson G
Year
2017
Towards integrated forecasts of pollen and smoke exposure: a Tasmanian pilot of the CSIRO CTM (2017)$19,286
Description
This project will trial a highly promising approach to pollen and pollution forecasting, utilising an innovative type of atmospheric model. Ultimately, this type of modelling has the potential to help reduce the health impacts of these atmospheric hazards by providing the public with accurate, cost-effective short-term forecasts.
Funding
Centre for Air Quality and Health Research Evaluation ($19,286)
Scheme
Grant-Seeding
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Williamson G; Johnston F; Wheeler A; Cope M; Jones PJ
Year
2017

Research Supervision

Current

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDUnderstanding the Triggers of Pollen Allergy in Tasmania and ACT: A novel molecular approach2018
PhDUnderstanding Healthy Landscapes2019