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Julia Jasonsmith

Environmental Chemist and Director

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Julia is an environmental chemist with a PhD in Earth Sciences. Her main interests centre on how chemicals move through ecosystems and their influence on the environment, with her knowledge and experience encompasing environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, and soil science. Julia has applied these core expertise in a broad range of fields including agriculture, catchment management, pollution, and contaminated lands. She has more than a decade's experience in consulting, research, and project management. Julia is driven to find optimal solutions which enhance ecosystem health and agricultural productivity.


Dr Julia Jasonsmith started Murrang Earth Sciences in April 2013 to meet the demand for high-quality science. Julia wanted a mechanism to bring about positive environmental change. She also wanted to make the expensive and hard-won knowledge generated in universities and research institutions available to people who could use it to address pressing environmental problems.

​Julia is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist, Certified Environmental Practitioner, and an honorary staff member at the Australian National University's Fenner School of Environment and Society. In 2016, she was awarded the Young Water Professional of the Year Award.

Selected publications:

Akter, S., Hulugalle, N.R., Jasonsmith, J. and Strong, C.L. (2023). Changes in soil microbial communities after exposure to neonicotinoids: A systematic review. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 15(6), pp.431444.

Jasonsmith, J.F., Liu, X., Strong, C., Wang, X., He, C., & Leys, J.F. (2021). Dust from rural Australia as a potential source of persistent organic pollutants to the Southern Hemisphere. Australian Bulletin of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry, 7, pp. 1–16.

Jasonsmith, J.F., Macdonald, B.C.T., & White, I. (2017) Earth tide induced fluctuations in the salinity of an inland river, New South Wales, Australia: a short-term study. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment,189 (4), p. 188


Jasonsmith, J.F., Macdonald, B.C.T., McPhail, D.C., Beavis, S., Norman, M., Roach, I.C., Harris, B., Isaacson, L, White, I. & Biswas, F. (2011) Salinisation processes in a sub-catchment of Wybong Creek, Hunter Valley, Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences. 58, pp.177–193.


Jasonsmith, J.F., Maher, W., Roach, A C. & Krikowa, F. (2008) Selenium bioaccumulation and biomagnification in Lake Wallace, New South Wales, Australia. Marine and Freshwater  Research, 59, pp.1048–1060.

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