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Southern Cross GeoScience

Dr Girish Choppala

Choppala Girish

Education:
PhD (Environmental Soil Chemistry) University of South Australia (UniSA), December 2011

E: girish.choppala@scu.edu.au

Research interests/background

  • Biogeochemical cycling of iron and sulfur in coastal wetlands
  • Sorption behaviour and redox transformation of chromium and arsenic in soils and sediments
  • Heavy metal dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems
  • Speciation of heavy metals in contaminated soil and water
  • Low-cost remediation technologies for degraded environment

Awards and honours

  • 2011: Best poster award, Information Technology Engineering and Environment (ITEE) research day, UniSA, Adelaide (Australia)
  • 2011: Write-up Scholarship, UniSA, Adelaide (Australia)
  • 2010: UniSA International travel grant (Australia)
  • 2008: University President's Scholarship (Australia)
  • 2008: Cooperative Research Centre- Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) fellowship (Australia)

Research grants

  • 2016: $46,800. Synchrotron beamtime 64 hours: National Synchrotron Radiation Research Centre (Taiwan) (2016-3-068-1). "Resolving key coupled redox reactions of chromate during Fe(II) catalysed transformation of schwertmannite' (Principal Investigator).
  • 2016: $8400. Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) (10333) 'Resolving synergistic effect of mackinawite on oxidative dynamics of nano-pyrite'. (Principal Investigator).
  • 2015: $8930. Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) (ALNGRA15538) " Effect of arsenic on the crystal structure of 2-line ferrihydrite and hematite: Implications for environmental contamination (co-investigator).
  • 2015: $46,800. Synchrotron Beamtime 64 hours: National Synchrotron Radiation Research Centre (Taiwan). "Nano-pyrite Oxidation: Novel synergistic effect of mackinawite on reaction dynamics" (Principal Investigator).
  • 2015: $12,000. Novel peroxide-based technologies for efficient detoxification of redox-sensitive contaminants in water. Southern Cross University Seed Grants scheme (Co-investigator).
  • 2015: $31,200. Australian Synchrotron Access Program, 48 hours. For the project "U(VI) partitioning between Fe mineral phases during the aging of schwertmannite to goethite: Implications for contaminant mobility" (Co- Investigator).
  • 2014: $30,000. Innovative dredge disposal of marine monosulfidic black ooze Mandurah city council and SCU collaborative research grants scheme (co-investigator).
  • 2014: $1415. Australian Synchrotron Access Program. For the project "Iron mineral transformation during oxidation of monosulfidic black oozes: Implications for contaminants' (Principal Investigator).
  • 2014:  $46,800. Synchrotron beamtime 64 hours: Australian Synchrotron Research Program (AS143/XAS/8445) "Iron mineral transformation during oxidation of monosulfidic black oozes: Implications for contaminants". 2014 (Principal Investigator).
  • 2014:  $46,800. Synchrotron beamtime 64 hours: National Synchrotron Radiation Research Centre (Taiwan). "Mineral transformations of iron upon resuspension of monosulfidic black oozes" (Co-investigator).

Publications

Journal articles

2016

Choppala, G., Bush, R., Moon, E., Ward, N., Wang, Z., Bolan, N., and Sullivan, L. (2016a). Oxidative transformation of iron monosulfides and pyrite in estuarine sediments: Implications for trace metals mobilisation. Journal of Environmental Management (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.06.062).

Lamb, D., Kader, M., Wang, L., Choppala, G., Rahman, M., Megharaj., M, and Naidu, R (2016). Pore-water carbonate and phosphate as predictors of arsenate toxicity in soil. Environmental Science & Technology (accepted manuscript; 31.10.2016).

Choppala, G., Kunhikrishnan, A., Seshadri, B., Park, J., Bush, R., and Bolan, N., (2016b). Comparative sorption of chromium species as influenced by pH, surface charge and organic matter content in contaminated soils. Journal of Geochemical Exploration. (DOI: 10.1016/j.gexplo.2016.07.01).

Choppala, G., Bolan, N., Kunhikrishnan, A, and Bush, R. (2016c). Differential effect of biochar on reduction and bioavailability of chromate and arsenate in contaminated soils. Chemosphere. 144:374-381.

Kunhikrishnan, A., Choppala, G., Seshadri, B., Bolan, N., Mbene, K., Kim, W. (2016). Impact of wastewater derived dissolved organic carbon on reduction, mobility and bioavailability of As(V) and Cr(VI) in contaminated soils. Journal of Environmental Management (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.08.020).

Tripathi, N., Choppala, G., Singh, R., Srivastava, P., and Seshadri, B. (2016a). Sorption kinetics of zinc and nickel on modified chitosan. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (DOI: 10.1007/s10661-016-5499-5).

Tripathi, N., Choppala, G., Singh, R. (2016b). Evaluation of modified chitosan for remediation of zinc contaminated soils. Journal of Geochemical Exploration (DOI: 10.1016/j.gexplo.2016.08.011).=

Mandal, S., Sarkar, B., Bolan, N., Novak, J., Ok, Y.S., Van Zwieten, L., Singh, B.P., Kirkham, M.B., Choppala, G., Spokas, K., and Naidu, R (2016). Designing advanced biochar products for maximizing greenhouse gas mitigation potential. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10643389.2016.1239975)

2015

Choppala, G., Bolan, N., Kunhikrishnan, A., Skinner, B., and Seshadri, B. (2015). Concomitant reduction and immobilization of chromium in relation to its bioavailability in soils. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 22:8969-8978 (JIF: 2.828).(2012 ERAID 5827- FOR 03, 05 or 06)

2014

Choppala, G., Saifullah, Bolan, N., Bibi, S., Iqbal, M., Rengel, Z., Ashwath, N., Kunhikrishnan, A., and Ok, Y.S. (2014). Cellular mechanisms in higher plants governing tolerance to cadmium toxicity. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 33:374-391 (JIF: 5.442).
One of the top ten cited articles in 2016 (http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/est/bpts-top-cited-articles-2016).

Lamb, D., Venkatraman, K., Bolan, N., Ashwath, N., Choppala, G., and Naidu, R. (2014). Phytocapping: an alternative technology for the sustainable management of landfill sites. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. 44: 561-637 (JIF: 3.468). (2012 ERAID 4669- FOR MD)

Seshadri, B., Bolan, N., Kunhikrishnan, A., Choppala, G., and Naidu, R. (2014). Effect of coal combustion products in reducing soluble phosphorus in soil II. Leaching study. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 225:1777 (JIF: 1.554). (2012 ERAID 1992- FOR MD)

2013

Choppala, G., Bolan, N., and Seshadri, B. (2013a). Chemodynamics of chromium reduction in contaminated soils: Implications for bioremediation. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 261: 718-724 (JIF: 5.277). (2012 ERAID 4682- FOR 09)

Choppala, G., Bolan, N., Lamb, D., and Kunhikrishnan, A. (2013b). Comparative sorption and mobility of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) species in a range of soils: implications to bioavailability. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 224:1699 (JIF: 1.554). (2012 ERAID 1992- FOR MD)

Choppala, G., Bolan, N., and Park, J.H. (2013c). Chromium contamination and its risk management in complex environmental settings. Advances in Agronomy. 120: 129-172 (JIF: 5.02). (2012 ERAID 5296- FOR 0503)

Park, J.H., Choppala, G., Bolan, N., Chung, J.W., Edraki, M. (2013). Comparative sorption studies of Pb and Cd onto biochars and its implication for metal immobilization in soil. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 224:1711 (JIF: 1.554).

Bolan, N., Choppala, G., Kunhikrishnan, A., Park, J.H., and Naidu, R. (2013). Microbial transformation of trace elements in soils in relation to bioavailability and remediation. Reviews in Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 225:1-56 (JIF: 3.632). (2012 ERAID 5863 - FOR MD)

Panneerselvam, P., Choppala, G., Kunhikrishnan, A., and Bolan, N., (2013). Potential of novel bacterial consortium for the remediation of chromium contamination. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 224:1716 (JIF: 1.554).

Seshadri, B., Bolan, N., Choppala, G., and Naidu, R. (2013). Differential effect of coal combustion products on the bioavailability of phosphorus between inorganic and organic nutrient sources. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 261: 817-825 (JIF: 5.277). (2012 ERAID 4682- FOR 09)

Bolan, N., Mahimairaja, S., Kunhikrishnan, A., and Choppala, G. (2013). Phosphorus-arsenic interactions in variable-charge soils in relation to arsenic mobility and bioavailability. Science of the Total Environment. 463-464:1154-1162 (JIF: 4.414). (2012 ERAID 3551 - FOR MD)

2012

Choppala, G., Bolan NS, Megharaj M, Chen, Z., and Naidu, R. (2012). The influence of biochar and black carbon on reduction and bioavailability of chromate in soils. Journal of Environmental Quality. 41:1175-1184 (JIF: 2.972).

Bolan, N., Kunhikrishnan, A., Choppala, G., Thangarajan, R., and Chung, J.W. (2012). Stabilisation of carbon in composts and biochars in relation to carbon sequestration and soil fertility. Science of the Total Environment. 424:264-270 (JIF: 4.414).

2011

Park, J.H., Choppala, G., Bolan, N., Chung, J.W., and Chuasavathi, T. (2011). Biochar reduces the bioavailability and phytotoxicity of heavy metals. Plant and Soil. 348: 439-451 (JIF: 2.952).

Bolan N.S., Naidu, N.S., Choppala, N.S., Park, J.H., Mora, M.L., Budianta, D., and Panneerselvam, P. (2011). Solute interactions in soils in relation to the bioavailability and environmental remediation of heavy metals and metalloids. Pedologist. 53:1-18.

Park, J.H., Lamb, D., Panneerselvam, P., Choppala, G., and Bolan, N. (2011). Role of organic amendments on enhanced bioremediation of heavy metal(loid) contaminated soils. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 185: 549-574 (JIF: 5.277).
One of the most cited articles since 2011 (www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-hazardous-materials/most-cited-articles)

Conference papers

Girish Choppala, Richard Bush and Leigh Sullivan (2015). New insights on Fe-S minerals and clay matrices in anoxic coastal sediments. Goldschmidt conference (16-21 August 2015) (oral presentation). Prague, Czech Republic.

Girish Choppala, Richard Bush, Neil Carroll, Leigh Sullivan, Kliti Grice, Steve Appleyard, Peter Greenwood, Stephen Wong and Nick Ward (2014). Oxidative transformation of natural monosulfidic ooze: New insights from estuarine sediments. Goldschmidt conference (8-13 June 2014) (Poster presentation). California, USA

Bush, R.T. Carroll, N. Sullivan, L.A. Grice, K. Appleyard, S. Wong, S. Ward, N. Kraal, P. Choppala, G. (2014) Assessing and managing sulfidic dredge spoil In: "Proceedings of the 4th National Conference on Acid Sulfate Soils". 20th-21st May 2014, Perth, Australia.

Choppala, G. Bush, R. Carroll, N. Sullivan, L. Grice, K. Appleyard, S. Greenwood, P. Wong, S. Ward, N. (2014) Oxidation dynamics of monosulfidic toxic sediment from a eutrophic estuary In: "Proceedings of the 4th National Conference on Acid Sulfate Soils". 20th-21st May 2014, Perth, Australia.

Nanthi Bolan, Jin Hee Park, Girish Choppala, S Shanbagavalli, S Mahimairaja. (2012). Biochars enhance the remediation of metal contaminated soils. New Zealand annual biochar workshop. Massey University. Palmerston North. New Zealand (oral presentation).

Girish Choppala, Nanthi Bolan, Mallavarapu Megharaj and Zuliang Chen. (2011). Chemodynamics of chromium(VI) in soils: Implications for remediation. ASA-CSSA-SSSA international annual meetings, (16-19 September 2011). San Antonio, TX, USA (oral presentation).

Nanthi Bolan, Jin Hee Park, Girish Choppala, Jae Woo Chung and Maria De La Mora. (2011). Biochar and Black Carbon Reduce the Bioavailability and Phytotoxicity of Heavy Metals. ASA-CSSA-SSSA international annual meetings, (16-19 September 2011). San Antonio, TX, USA (oral presentation).

Girish Choppala, Nanthi Bolan, Mallavarapu Megharaj and Zuliang Chen. (2011). A magic weed to weed out chromium contamination. 4th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference (11-15 September). Adelaide, Australia (oral presentation).

Girish Choppala, Nanthi Bolan, Mallavarapu Megharaj and Zuliang Chen. (2011). Bio-reduction of chromate in soils by biochar: Implications for reduction. 11th International Conference on Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (July 3-7). Florence, Italy (oral presentation).

Girish Choppala, Nanthi Bolan, Mallavarapu Megharaj and Zuliang Chen. (2011). Biochar for the reduction of chromate in soils: Implications for remediation. New Zealand annual biochar workshop. Massey University. Palmerston North. New Zealand (oral presentation).

Girish Choppala, Nanthi Bolan, Mallavarapu Megharaj and Zuliang Chen. (2010). Simultaneous estimation of Cr species in contaminated soils using complexing ligands. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World (1-7 august) Brisbane, Australia (poster presentation).

Girish Choppala, Nanthi Bolan, Mallavarapu Megharaj and Zuliang Chen. (2009). Comparative sorption and mobility of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) in a range of soil types East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil societies (ESAFS). Seoul. Korea (poster presentation).

Book chapters

Choppala G., Bolan N., Kunhikrishnan A., Seshadri B., and Bush R. (2016). Reduction Induced Immobilization of Chromium and its Bioavailability in Soils and Sediments. In: 'Trace elements in waterlogged soils and sediments." (Eds. Jörg Rinklebe, Anna Knox, Michael Paller). Taylor & Francis, London.

Kunhikrishnan A., Seshadri B., Choppala G., and Bolan N (2016). Redox Reactions of Heavy Metal(loid)s in Soils and Sediments in Relation to Bioavailability and Remediation. In: 'Trace elements in waterlogged soils and sediments." (Eds. Jörg Rinklebe, Anna Knox, Michael Paller). Taylor & Francis, London.

Niazi, N.K., Murtaza, B., Bibi, I., Shahid. M., White, J.C., Nawaz, M.F., Bashir, S., Shakoor, M.B., Choppala, G., Murtaza, G., and Wang, H. (2016). Removal and recovery of metals by biosorbents and biochars derived from biowastes. (Eds. Prasad, MNV and Shih, K). Elsevier publishers, Academic Press, London. ISBN: 012803906X, 9780128039069.

Kunhikrishnan A, Bibi I, Bolan N., Seshadri B., Choppala G et al. (2015). Biochar for inorganic contaminant management in wastewater. In: 'Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications.' (Eds. Ok Yong Sik, Uchimiya Minori, Chang Scott and Nanthi Bolan). Pages 167-219; FL, USA: CRC Press. ISBN-1482242303, 9781482242300.

Thangarajan R., Bolan N., Mandal S., Kunhikrishnan A., Choppala G., et al (2015). Biochar for inorganic contaminant management in soil. In: 'Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications' (Eds. Ok Yong Sik, Uchimiya Minori, Chang Scott and Nanthi Bolan). Pages 99-138; FL, USA: CRC Press, ISBN-1482242303, 9781482242300.

Other publications

2014

Ward N.J., Bush R.T., Wang Z., Sullivan L.A., Fyfe D.M., Choppola G., Williams L., Toppler N., Bush M. (2014) Investigations into the factors affecting the rates of recovery of acid sulfate soils in the Lower Lakes. Prepared for South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Southern Cross GeoScience Technical Report No. 114, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW. 209 pp