Erica Donner is an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow in the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia. Her research in the field of environmental biogeochemistry provides a fundamental basis for environmental risk assessment and risk management, focussing on topics such as soil and water quality; wastewater treatment and reuse, and microbial resistance.
In her current research, Erica is particularly interested in understanding the links between chemical selective pressure and microbial ecology and resistance. Erica's ARC Future Fellowship is focussed on the prevalence and potential transfer of microbial silver resistance and cross-resistance in the environment and its implications for the biomedical applications of silver nanotechnology. She also leads a project funded by the South Australian Government investigating the transfer/control of antibiotic resistant bacteria and their genes during wastewater treatment and reuse.