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Bio-sketch of Dr Ian Snape

Dr Snape has worked in the remediation industry for 10 years as a consultant and research scientist. He leads and coordinates a multidisciplinary team of experts comprising 15 researchers from the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO and universities in Australia, Canada and the US. Dr Snape is Chairman of the Contaminants in Freezing Ground Network – an association of ~150 scientific researchers, environmental regulators and engineers who have a practical interest in managing contaminants in freezing ground.

His research focus concerns complex interdisciplinary problems that involve: identification, transport, fate and impacts of contaminants in the Antarctic environment; elucidation of processes of biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons using organic chemistry, isotopic techniques and microbial ecology; and development and application of water treatment techniques for mitigation of contaminated runoff. Scientific research outputs include 70 peer review journal articles, a coedited book entitled 'Bioremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Cold Regions', more than 100 environmental consultancy reports/ministerial briefings/conference abstracts.

Major research outcomes include: identification of contaminant sources and pathways through the nearshore environment at Casey Station; demonstrated relationships between contaminants and biological impacts; scientific evidence to support the need for site remediation; techniques for on site water treatment and site remediation in Antarctica. This research culminated in the development and implementation of Australia's Antarctic Clean-up Program. In 2004 the first stage of clean-up was completed at Casey Station with the removal of 1000 tons of hazardous waste at a cost of $5 million. Dr Snape is Manager for the project 'Remediation of petroleum spills in Antarctica and the subAntarctic'. This project began in 2005 and is expected to last for 10 years with an approved budget of A$13 million.

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