• 321 Citations
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Dr Julia Howitt has expertise in the field of water quality and environmental chemistry. This includes the role of photochemical reactions in the cycling of carbon and iron in aquatic environments and the analysis of gases and organic compounds in aquatic ecosystems. She has written water quality review documents for both Lake Hume and Lake Mulwala and developed the Blackwater modelling program to explore the flooding scenarios in the Barmah-Millewa forests likely to be associated with blackwater events. Julia has also been involved in projects examining pollution of aquatic ecosystems by heavy metals and organic contaminants.

Research Interests

  • Cycling of carbon, nutrients and trace metals in aquatic environments
  • Environmental water use
  • Biogeochemistry, pollution, analytical chemistry including trace analysis, workplace chemical contamination

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Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Deakin University


Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University


Bachelor of Science (Hons 1), Monash University


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Research Output

Connectivity of Mekong fishes between freshwater and marine habitats

Vu, A., Baumgartner, L. J., Howitt, J., Limburg, K., Reinhardt, J., Mallen-Cooper, M. & Cowx, I., Aug 2020, In : Mekong Fish Catch and Culture. 26, 2, p. 10-13 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Global CO2 emissions from dry inland waters share common drivers across ecosystems

    Keller, P., Catalán, N., von Schiller, D., Grossart, H-P., Koschorreck, M., Obrador, B., Frassl, M. A., Karakaya, N., Barros, N., Howitt, J., Mendoza-Lera, C., Pastor, A., Flaim, G., Aben, R., Riis, T., Arce, M., Onandia, G., Paranaíba, J. R., Linkhorst, A., del Campo, R. & 26 others, Amado, A., Cauvy-Fraunié, S., Brothers, S., Condon, J., Mendonca, R., Reverey, F., Room, E., Datry, T., Roland, F., Laas, A., Obertegger, U., Park, J., Wang, H., Kosten, S., Gómez, R., Feijoó, C., Elosegi, A., Sánchez-Montoya, M., Finlayson, M., Melita, M., Oliveira Junior, E., Muniz, C., Gómez-Gener, L., Leigh, C., Zhang, Q. & Marcé, R., 01 May 2020, In : Nature Communications. 11, p. 1-8 8 p., 2126 .

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Bio-accessibility of drug residues on common police station work surfaces

    Doran, G. & Howitt, J., 01 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 43, 2, p. 144-148 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 11 Downloads (Pure)
    6 Citations (Scopus)


    2015 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence (Research Excellence)

    Watts, Robyn (Recipient), James Abell (Recipient), Allan, Catherine (Recipient), Carmen Amos (Recipient), Bellio, Mariagrazia (Recipient), Bradley K. Clarke-Wood (Recipient), Finlayson, Max (Recipient), Tamsin Greenwood (Recipient), Hall, Andrew (Recipient), Howitt, Julia (Recipient), Humphries, Paul (Recipient), Jenkins, Kim (Recipient), Kopf, Keller (Recipient), McCasker, Nicole (Recipient), Robinson, Wayne (Recipient), Veronique Janel (Recipient), Wassens, Skye (Recipient), Wolfenden, Ben (Recipient) & Zander, Alek (Recipient), 05 Aug 2015

    Prize: Award

  • Activities

    • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation

    8th European Variety in University Chemistry Education

    Danny Bedgood (Speaker), Yann Guisard (Speaker), Damien Laird (Speaker), Celia Barril (Speaker), Julia Howitt (Speaker), Paul Prenzler (Speaker), Danielle Ryan (Speaker) & Lachlan Schwarz (Speaker)

    17 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

    Press / Media

    Dry lakes and rivers release more CO2 than thought

    Julia Howitt


    1 item of Media coverage

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    Clinical waste — a major environmental burden

    Julia Howitt


    3 items of Media coverage

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    No solution for Lake Albert algae disaster

    Julia Howitt


    1 item of Media coverage

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