Anita Parbhakar-Fox

Postdoctoral Researcher/Lecturer in Geoenvironmental Studies, University of Tasmania

I completed my PhD in Environmental Geochemistry at CODES (my first degree was MSc. Environmental Geology at Imperial College, London). Currently I am a a Research Fellow/Lecturer in Geoenvironmental studies for the ARC Transforming the Mine Value Chain Industrial Transformation Research Hub. My previous postdoctoral experience was with the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction (ORE).

I focus on mine waste characterisation in order to improve mine planning and waste management practices. I have developed new tests and protocols in this area, particularly for acid rock drainage (ARD) prediction.

I have been involved in identifying remediation options for abandoned/ historical mine sites in both Tasmania and Queensland. Most recently, I have been involved in characterising a range of mine waste materials to re-evaluate their economic potential i.e., 'wealth from waste'.

Experience

  • –present
    Postdoctoral Researcher/Lecturer in Geoenvironmental Studies, University of Tasmania
  • 2012–2015
    Postdoctoral fellow, CRC ORE/University of Tasmania

Education

  • 2012 
    University of Tasmania, Ph.D
  • 2005 
    Imperial College, London, MSci

Publications

  • 2016
    Jackson LM, Parbhakar-Fox A, 'Mineralogical and geochemical characterization of the Old Tailings Dam, Australia: evaluating the effectiveness of a water cover for long-term AMD control', Applied Geochemistry pp. 1-10. ISSN 0883-2927
  • 2016
    van Veen EM, Lottermoser BG, Parbhakar-Fox A, Fox N, Hunt J, 'A new test for plant bioaccessibility in sulphidic wastes and soils: a case study for the Wheal Maid historic tailings repository in Cornwall, UK', Science of The Total Environment, ISSN 0048-9697
  • 2016
    Hunt J, Lottermoser BG, Parbhakar-Fox A, Van Veen E, Goemann K, 'Precious metals in gossanous waste rocks from the Iberian Pyrite Belt' , Minerals Engineering, 87 pp. 45-53. ISSN 0892-6875
  • 2015
    Parbhakar-Fox A, Lottermoser BG, 'A critical review of acid rock drainage prediction methods and practices' , Minerals Engineering, 82 pp. 107-124. ISSN 0892-6875
  • 2015
    Noble TL, Lottermoser BG, Parbhakar-Fox A, 'Evaluation of pH testing methods for sulfidic mine waste', Mine Water and the Environment pp. 1-14. ISSN 1025-9112
  • 2015
    Jackson L, Parbhakar-Fox A, Gregory D, Hughes A, Agius J, et al., 'Evaluating the benefits of water covers as a rehabilitation strategy in temperate climates: a Tasmanian perspective' , Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage and IMWA Annual Conference, 21-24 April 2015, Santiago, Chile, pp. 1-11. ISBN 978-956-9393-28-0
  • 2015
    Berry R, Hunt J, Parbhakar-Fox A, Lottermoser B, 'Prediction of Acid Rock Drainage (ARD) from calculated mineralogy', Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage and IMWA Annual Conference, 21-24 April 2015, Santiago, Chile, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-956-9393-28-0
  • 2015
    Parbhakar-Fox A, Aalders J, Lottermoser B, 'Effective field-based testing tools for rapid ARD prediction' , Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage and IMWA Annual Conference, 21-24 April 2015, Santiago, Chile, pp. 1-16. ISBN 978-956-9393-28-0
  • 2014
    Parbhakar-Fox A, Lottermoser B, 'Domaining acid rock drainage risks using geometallurgical data' , Proceedings of 8th Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage, 28 April - 2 May 2014, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 483-494. ISBN 978-0-9924856-0-3
  • 2014
    Parbhakar-Fox AK, Edraki M, Hardie K, Kadletz O, Hall T, 'Identification of acid rock drainage sources through mesotextural classification at abandoned mines of Croydon, Australia: implications for the rehabilitation of waste rock repositories' , Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 137 pp. 11-28. ISSN 0375-6742
  • 2013
    Parbhakar-Fox A, Lottermoser B, Bradshaw D, 'Evaluating waste rock mineralogy and microtexture during kinetic testing for improved acid rock drainage prediction', Minerals Engineering, 52 pp. 111-124. ISSN 0892-6875
  • 2013
    Brough CP, Warrender R, Bowell RJ, Barnes A, Parbhakar-Fox A, 'The process mineralogy of mine wastes' , Minerals Engineering, 52 pp. 125-135. ISSN 0892-6875
  • 2013
    Parbhakar-Fox A, Lottermoser B, Bradshaw DJ, 'Cost-effective means for identifying acid rock drainage risks: Integration of the geochemistry-mineralogy-texture approach and geometallurgical techniques',, Proceedings of The Second AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference (GeoMet) 2013, 30 September-2 October 2013, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 143-154. ISBN 9781921522970
  • 2011
    Parbhakar-Fox A, Edraki M, Walters S, Bradshaw D, 'Development of a textural index for the prediction of acid rock drainage' , Minerals Engineering: An International Journal Devoted to Innovation and Developments in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 24, (12) pp. 1277-1287. ISSN 0892-6875
  • 2008
    Napier-Munn T, Parbhakar AK, Edraki M, Bradshaw D, 'Managing ARD potential through mine planning and mineral processing practice', Proceedings of the Sixth Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage, 15-18 April, Burnie, Tasmania, pp. 351-374. ISBN 978-0-9750304-6-2
  • 2007
    Parbhakar A, Cuadros J, Sephton MA, Dubbin W, Coles BJ, et al., 'Adsorption of L-lysine on montmorillonite' , Colloids and Surfaces A, 307 pp. 142-149. ISSN 0927-7757

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Economic Geologists
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Research Areas

  • Geochemistry Not Elsewhere Classified (040299)
  • Resources Engineering And Extractive Metallurgy Not Elsewhere Classified (091499)
  • Earth Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified (049999)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Environmental Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified (090799)
  • Inorganic Geochemistry (040202)