Dr Adam Hartland


Qualifications: BSc(Hons), PhD Birmingham, Rutherford Discovery Fellow

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Research Interests

Understanding environmental nanoparticles

I am particularly interested in the interaction of environmental nanoparticles and dissolved organic ligands with trace elements, and how these interactions affect other phenomena. For example, the role of organic ligands in controlling metal incorporation in cave minerals, or the regulation of nutrient bioavailability by iron nanoparticles.

Minerals as environmental and climatic archives

Minerals are fascinating because they conserve information about their environments of formation through trace elements, isotopes and by sequestering organic molecules from their surroundings. These natural archives can allow us to address all sorts of interesting questions about the Earth, both in modern systems and ancient palaeoclimates.

Environmental contaminants and mitigation

WEG researchers combine techniques from geochemistry and environmental chemistry for the tracking of environmental contaminants. We are actively developing tools for the monitoring of pollutants in soil and water, as well as optimising mitigation technologies to reduce the impact of agriculture on freshwater ecosystems.


Environmental Chemistry; Environmental Science and Technology; Geochemical Environment


Recent Publications

  • Welikala, D., Hucker, C., Hartland, A., Robinson, B. H., & Lehto, N. J. (2018). Trace metal mobilization by organic soil amendments: insights gained from analyses of solid and solution phase complexation of cadmium, nickel and zinc. Chemosphere, 199, 684-693. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.02.069

  • Wynn, P. M., Fairchild, I. J., Borsato, A., Spoetl, C., Hartland, A., Baker, A., . . . Baldini, J. U. L. (2018). Sulphate partitioning into calcite: Experimental verification of pH control and application to seasonality in speleothems. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 226, 69-83. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2018.01.020 Open Access version:

  • Hartland, A., & Zitoun, R. (2018). Transition metal availability to speleothems controlled by organic binding ligands. Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 8, 22-25. doi:10.7185/geochemlet.1824 Open Access version:

  • Jangali, R., Lim, S. H., & Hartland, A. (2018). Investigation of vial position controls for the development of a cave auto-sampler. Applied Mechanics and Materials, 884, 86-92. doi:10.4028/

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Contact Details

Room: FG.3.04
Phone: +64 7 837 9390