Ms Jennifer Harrison

Phone - +61 2 9717 3919
Jennifer Harrison


Role at ANSTO

Jennifer is a Radiochemist with ANSTO's Institute for Environmental Research. She graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemistry and Environmental Science degree and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Geoscience degree.
Jennifer joined ANSTO in 2001 and specialises in the separation and measurement of environmental radioactivity in soil, sediments, vegetation and water. Her skills are utilised by ANSTO’s Nuclear Methods in Earth Systems project.


Radiochemistry, radionuclide migration, environmental pollution.  

Qualifications & Achievements

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemistry and Environmental Science degree a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Geoscience degree.
  • Successful completion of two UNSW postgraduate subjects titled lsotopes and Radioactivity in the Environment and Radioactivity: Environmental Monitoring and Remediation.
  • Successful completion of the Radiochemistry Society courses titled Fundamentals of Radiochemistry and LSC and Gamma Spectrometry.
  • Over 11 years experience as a Radiochemist.

Selected publications

Clark MW, Payne TE, Collins RN, Harrison JJ, Johnston M and Comarmond MJ (2012). Unravelling metal binding on modified bauxite refinery residues. Proceedings of the 9th Alumina Quality Workshop (Perth, March 2012). pp178-185.

Hollins, S.E., Harrison, J., J, Jones, B.G., Zawadzki, A.W., Heijnis, H., Hankin, S. (2011) Reconstructing recent sedimentation in two urbanised coastal lagoons (NSW, Australia) using radioisotopes and geochemistry. Journal of Paleolimnology, 46:579 596.

X. Song, R.J. Morrison , Z. Feng, D. Liu, J.J. Harrison, Z. Yu. Matrix-bound phosphine in sediments from Lake Illawarra,New South Wales, Australia Marine Pollution Bulletin 62 (2011) 1744 1750.

Twining, J.R., Hughes, C.E., Harrison, J.J., Hankin, S., Crawford, J., Johansen, M., Dyer, L. (2011) Biotic, temporal and spatial variability of tritium concentrations in transpirate samples collected in the vicinity of a near-surface low-level nuclear waste disposal site and nearby research reactor. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 102, 551-558.

M.W. Clark J.J. Harrison T.E. Payne (2011) The pH-dependence and reversibility of uranium and thorium binding on a modified bauxite refinery residue using isotopic exchange techniques. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 356, pp 699-705.

Comarmond, M.J., Payne, T.E., Harrison, J.J., Thiruvoth, S., Wong, H.K., M ller, K., Foerstendorf, H. (2011) Uranium sorption on various forms of titanium dioxide influence of surface area, surface charge and impurities, Environmental Science and Technology, in press.

Harrison, J.J., Zawadzki, A.Z., Chisari, R., Wong, H.K.Y. (2011) Separation and measurement of thorium, plutonium, americium, uranium and strontium in environmental matrices. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. 102, 896-900.

Hughes, C.E., Cendn, D.I., Harrison, J.J., Hankin, S.I., Johansen, M.P., Payne, T.E., Vine, M., Collins, R.N., Hoffmann, E.L., Loosz, T. (2010) Movement of a tritium plume in shallow groundwater at a legacy low-level radioactive waste disposal site in eastern Australia. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, in press.

Payne, T.E., Itakura, T., Comarmond, M.J. and Harrison J.J. (2009) Environmental mobility of cobalt influence of solid phase characteristics and groundwater chemistry. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 67, 1269-1276.

Saunders, K.M., Hodgson, D.A., Harrison, J., McMinn, A. (2008) Palaeoecological tools for improving the management of coastal ecosystems: a case study from Lake King (Gippsland Lakes) Australia. Journal of Palaeolimnology, 40, 33-47.

Simms, A.D., Woodroffe, C., Jones, B.G., Heijnis, H., Harrison, J., Mann, R.A. (2008) Assessing Soil Remobilisation in Catchments using a 137Cs-sediment Hillslope Model. Australian Geographer, 39 (4), 445-465.

Simms, A.D., Woodroffe, C., Jones, B.G., Heijnis, H., Mann, R.A., Harrison, J. (2008) Use of 210Pb and 137Cs to simultaneously constrain ages and sources of post-dam sediments in the Cordeaux reservoir, Sydney, Australia. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 99, 1111-1120.

Smith, M.L., Bignell, L., Alexiev, D., Mo, L., Harrison J. (2008) Evaluation of lead shielding for a gamma-spectroscopy system. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 589, 275 279.

Gell, P., Fluin, J., Tibby, J., Haynes, D., Khanum, S. I., Walsh, B., Hancock, G., Harrison, J., Zawadzki, A, Little, F. (2006.) Changing fluxes of sediments and salts as recorded in the Lower Murray wetlands, Australia. Sediment Dynamics and the Hydromorphology of Fluvial Systems (Proceedings of a symposium held in Dundee, UK, July 2006). IAHS Publication 306.

Seen, A., Townsend, A., Atkinson, B., Ellison, J., Harrison, J., Heijnis, H. (2004.) Determining the history and sources of contaminants in sediments in the Tamar Estuary, Tasmania, Australia, using 210Pb dating and stable Pb isotopes. Environmental Chemistry, 1, 49-54.

 Harrison, J., Heijnis, J., Caprarelli, G. (2003.) Historical pollution variability from abandoned mine sites, Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, NSW, Australia. Environmental Geology, 43, 680-687.

Irwin, A., Hallegraeff, G. M., McMinn, A., Harrison, J., Heijnis, H. (2003.) Cyst and radionuclide evidence demonstrate historic Gymnodinium catenatum dinoflagellate populations in Manukau and Hokianga Harbours, New Zealand. Harmful Algae, 2, 62-74.