Bernadette McCabe

Associate Professor and Principal Scientist, University of Southern Queensland

A/Prof Bernadette McCabe is a principal scientist with the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland. Bernadette’s specific research interest is in energy capture and resource recovery of waste. She was recently awarded an Advance Queensland Mid-Career Research Fellowship working in partnership with NH Foods Australia, Oakey Beef Exports. She has expertise in the monitoring of wastewater, biogas production and assessment of biosolids as fertiliser replacement.

Bernadette collaborates at an international level as Australia’s National Team Leader in the IEA Bioenergy program Task 37: Energy from Biogas. IEA Task 37 is an international working group made up of 14 member countries that exchange global best practice trends in biogas production. Through this role she has established a wide network of national and international research, industry and government contacts.

Bernadette has also been active in the scholarship of bioscience learning and teaching arena and was awarded a 2011 ALTC citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. She also is committed to promoting science in schools and has been involved in ongoing partnerships through CSIROs Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) program since 2007.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor and Principal Scientist, University of Southern Queensland

Education

  • 1999 
    University of Western Sydney, PhD
  • 1992 
    University of Sydney, BSc(Hons)

Publications

  • 2015
    Review of pre-treatments used in anaerobic digestion and their potential application in high-fat cattle slaughterhouse wastewater, Applied Energy. Vol 155, pp 560-575.
  • 2014
    A case study for biogas generation from covered anaerobic ponds treating abattoir wastewater: Investigation of pond performance and potential biogas production, Applied Energy. Vol 114, pp 798-808.
  • 2013
    Investigating wastewater modelling as a tool to predict anaerobic decomposition and biogas yield of abattoir effluent, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. Vol 1, pp 1375-1379.

Research Areas

  • Wastewater Treatment Processes (090409)
  • Environmental Technologies (090703)
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified (091599)