Mr Brett Rowling

Analytical Experimental Officer
Phone - +61 2 9717 3164
Brett Rowling


Role at ANSTO

Brett is currently employed as an Analytical Experimental Officer within the Institute Environmental Research (IER).
His work in this position entails the preparation and analysis of samples for internal and external clients using IC, ICP-AES and ICP-MS.

Brett can also be called upon to assist other staff members within the IER a workloads fluctuate. Since commencing employment with ANSTO in 2007, Brett has worked in the Environmental Monitoring Laboratory until he joined the IER early in 2011 working initially in gamma spectrometry prior to taking up his present position.


ICPMS, Analysis of trace level Rare Earth Elements using the SeaFAST pre-concentration unit, Laser Ablation, Gamma spectrometry and field samplng methodology.

 Qualifications & Achievements

  • BSc Honours Geoscience 2010
  • BSc (Distinction) majoring in Chemistry and Geology 2009
  • Nixon and South Coast Labour Council Equity and Merit Scholarship 2009
  • Position on the Dean's Merit list 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • Year in Industry Scholarship with ANSTO 2007-8
  • Member of the Golden Key International Society 2006
  • University of Wollongong Entrance Scholarship 2005
  • Pierre de Coubertin Award from the Australian Olympic Committee 2004

Committees and Affiliations

Committee member of the Guringai Tribal Link Aboriginal Corporation (for the traditional owners of the Central Coast of NSW). Here I have provided talks linking Indigenous and European ideologies and sharing them at official and community based events. These have included the International Coasts and Ports Conference of 2013, Leighton House 2013 and the Indigenous Engineering Summer School/Engineering Aid at the host Universities of Sydney University and University of New South Wales since 2013.


Selected publications


Rowling, B., Kinsela, A., Comarmond, M. J., Hughes, C., Harrison, J. J., Payne, T. E. 2016. Environmental Persistence of Tributyl Phosphate (TBP) and Possible Role in Contaminant Mobilisation at a Legacy Radioactive Waste Site. 14th South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association, Bali, Indonesia 5-9 September 2016.


Cendón D.I., Hughes C.E., Harrison J.J., Hankin S.I., Johansen M.P., Payne T.E., Wong H., Rowling B., Vine M., Wilsher K., Guinea A. and Thiruvoth S. (2015). Hydrogeochemical and isotopic characterisation of a low level radioactive waste site adjacent to landfills. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 62 (1), 123-141.


Rowling, B. 2015. Bennelong to Gubba Gubba-Indigenous Science and Engineering. 13th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference, Sydney, Australia, 8-10 July 2015, Programme and Abstracts, p. 86.


Peterson, M., Cendón, D., Andersen, M., Mokhber-Shahin, L., Wong, H. and Rowling, B.  2014. Estimating diffusion in heterogeneous groundwater systems using short lived verses stable isotopes of iodine and bromine. Australian Earth Science Convention, Newcastle, Australia, 7-10 July 2014.


Payne, T. E., Harrison,  J. J., Hughes, C. E., Johansen, M. P., Thiruvoth, S., Wilsher, K. L., Cendón, D. I., Hankin, S. I., Rowling, B and Zawadzki, A. 2013. Trench ‘Bathtubbing’ and Surface Plutonium Contamination at a Legacy Radioactive Waste Site. Environmental Science and Technology. 47, 13284-13293.


Rowling, B. 2013. Determining the impact of Bushfire on Soils in the Australian Landscape: A Review of Recent Work. Soils Science Australia Regional Forum, Wollongong, 18-19 July, 2013.


Cendón, D. I., Hughes, C. E., Harrison,  J. J., Hankin, S. I., Johansen, M. P., Payne, T. E., Wong, H., Rowling, B., Vine, M., Wilsher, K. L., Guinea, A. and  Thiruvoth, S. 2012. Using hydro-geochemistry and isotopes to trace groundwater flow from Little Forest Burial Ground and surrounding landfills. 12th South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association, Sydney, Australia, 16-19 October 2016.


Rowling, B. 2010. Sedimentary Archives of Downstream Energy Fluctuations on the Kangaroo River of NSW. Unpublished Honours Thesis. University of Wollongong.