Anita Poulsen (Former Lab Member)


2012: Ph.D. Environmental Toxicology, The University of Queensland, Australia

2006: M.Sc. Environmental Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2000: B.Sc. Environmental Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous research positions

2010-2012: Research assistant, Prof. Beate Escher Lab, National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology, The University of Queensland, Australia.

2004-2006: Analytical chemist, Organic Geochemistry Lab (Dr Kathryn Burns), Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Australia.

Peer-reviewed journal publications

Poulsen, A.H., Landrum, P.F., Kawaguchi, S. and Bengtson Nash, S.M. (2013) Dietary exposure of Antarctic krill to p,p'-DDE: uptake kinetics and toxicological sensitivity in a key polar species. Environmental Pollution 175: 92-99.

Fojut, T.L., Vasquez, M.E., Poulsen, A.H. and Tjeerdema, R.S. (2013) Methods for deriving pesticide aquatic life criteria for sediments. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 224: 97-175.


Poulsen, A.H., Kawaguchi, S., Kukkonen, J.V.K., Leppänen, M.T. and Bengtson Nash, S.M. (2012). Aqueous uptake and sublethal toxicity of p,p’-DDE in non-feeding larval stages of Antarctic krill (Euphausia Superba). Environmental Pollution, 160: 185-191.

Poulsen, A.H., Kawaguchi, S., King, C.K., King, R.A. and Bengtson Nash, S.M. (2012). Behavioural sensitivity of a key Southern Ocean species (Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba) to p,p′-DDE exposure. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 75: 163-170.

Poulsen, A.H., Kawaguchi, S., Leppänen, M.T., Kukkonen, J.V.K. and Bengtson Nash, S.M. (2011). Altered developmental timing in early life stages of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) exposed to p,p′-DDE. Science of the Total Environment, 409(24): 5268-5276.

Bengtson Nash, S. M., Kawaguchi, S., Poulsen, A. H., Vetter, W., Schlabach, M. (2008) Persistent organohalogen contaminant burdens in Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) from the eastern Antarctic sector: A baseline study. Science of the Total Environment 407, 304-314.


Burns, K.A., Hernes, P.J., Brinkman, D., Poulsen, A., Benner, R. (2008) Dispersion and cycling of organic matter from the Sepik River outflow to the Papua New Guinea coast as determined from biomarkers. Organic Geochemistry 39, 1747-1764.

Bengtson Nash, S. M., Poulsen, A. H., Kawaguchi, S. and Schlabach, M. (2007) Hexachlorobenzene in a Southern Ocean food web: Contaminant accumulation & global comparisons. Organohalogen Compounds, 69: 1685-1688.

Poulsen, A., Burns, K., Lough, J., Brinkman, D., Delean, S. (2006) Trace analysis of hydrocarbons in coral cores from Saudi Arabia. Organic Geochemistry, 37(12), 1913-1930.

Book Contribution

Escher, B. and Leusch, F., with contributions by Chapman, H. and Poulsen, A. (2011). Bioanalytical tools in water quality assessment. IWA Publishing, London, UK.


Reports and theses

Poulsen, A.H. (2012) Ecotoxicological evaluation of p,p’-DDE exposure in Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba): towards environmental risk assessment of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Southern Ocean ecosystem. PhD thesis. The University of Queensland, Australia.


Poulsen, A.H. and Escher, B.I. (2012) Chemically induced immunosuppression and disease susceptibility in marine wildlife: a literature review, National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (Entox), The University of Queensland.


Poulsen, A., Chapman, H., Leusch, F. and Escher, B. (2011) Application of bioanalytical tools for water quality assessment. Urban Water Security Research Alliance Technical Report No. 41.


Poulsen, A. (2006). Molecular biomarkers and hydrocarbons in coral skeletons as potential tracers for past oil pollution events. MSc Thesis. The University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Burns, K.A., Brinkman, D., Poulsen, A. and Delean, S. (2004). Trace analysis of hydrocarbons in coral cores from Saudi Arabia [electronic resource]. Report. CEW/AIMS 2003. Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Awards and grants

The University of Queensland Joint Research Scholarship (UQJRS; 2007-2009)


The University of Queensland Graduate School Research Travel Grant (GSRTG; 2009)


ABC Catalyst; Chemical whales, 2008:


Previous affiliations


Beate Escher Lab, Entox, UQ:


Southern Ocean Persistent Organic Pollutants Program, now Griffith University:


The Australian Institute of Marine Science:


The University of Copenhagen:





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