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Nicholas Ashbolt, PhD, BAgSc (Hons)

Professor

Public Health, School of

About Me

I focus on next-generation municipal water services (drinking water, wastewater, stormwater) framed around resource recovery (i.e. water, energy, fertilizers) for improved ecohealth and living conditions; integrated with quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) to identify research gaps and management targets. Current topics include system component work (treatment performance, use of urine and compost) from a public health perspective:

  1. Premise plumbing biofilms and environmental pathogens; identification of novel respiratory pathogens and their amoebal hosts by application of microarrays, metagenomic analysis and qPCR in collaboration with the U.S. EPA and Alberta Health.
  2. Antibiotic-resistance (resistome) gene flow within reclaimed water biofilms (qPCR and metagenomic) in hospitals.
  3. Application of QMRA to interpret the above and focus management options and regulatory reform (Health Canada).
  4. Integration of human health with ecosystem/LCA and economic analyses to identify more sustainable municipal water services; working with and to inform private and government housing developers.


Degrees

PhD, University of Tasmania, 1985
BAgSc(Hons), University of Tasmania, 1979


Awards

Bronze Award for science at ORD, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2008, 2012 & 2013 
Graduate Award for professional outreach/impact, University of Tasmania, 2007


Keywords
amoebae 
biofilms
community acquired pneumonia 
in-premise plumbing microbiome
Legionella-like bacteria
quantitative microbial risk assessment
water-based pathogen removal


Partnerships

Research collaborations with other academic institutions:

  • McGill University, Canada
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • University of Technology, Australia

Collaborations with non-governmental organizations:

  • American Water Works Association, USA
  • Canadian Water Network, Canada
  • International Standards Association/ International Code Council/Canadian Standards Association, Canada, China & USA
  • International Water Association, UK
  • National Water Reuse Institute, USA
  • Water Environment Research Foundation, USA
  • Water Research Foundation, USA
  • WateReuse Foundation, USA
  • World Health Organization, Switzerland

Collaborations with governmental organizations:

  • Alberta Environment and Parks, Canada
  • Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services, Canada
  • Alberta Municipal Affairs, Canada
  • City of Calgary, Canada
  • EPCOR, Canada
  • Health Canada, Canada
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, USA



    Full publications available on Research Gate.