Hannah Mikkonen, BSc. (Hons), CPSS
Hannah is an Environmental Scientist with 8 years of consultancy experience in contaminated land assessment and remediation.
Project areas include environmental impact assessment for large infrastructure developments (including road and rail), assessment and remediation of land, specialising in heavy metal contamination and acid sulfate soils, assessment of groundwater impacts and seasonal groundwater trends, development of spoil management plans, assessment for statutory Environmental Audit sites for residential and commercial land developments and due diligence assessments. Hannah has managed small and large contaminated land projects, technical advice regarding contaminant fate and transport (soil), contaminant distribution models, statistical interpretation of data and communication of results with clients and stakeholders.
Hannah is currently in the final stages of a PhD in Environmental Engineering, with RMIT University. Her research aims to assess the nature, distribution and potential toxicity of geogenic metals in Victorian Soils and includes development of statistical methods to distinguish contaminated soil from areas of natural enrichment. Hannah's research is supported by the Australian Contaminated Land Association and EPA Victoria. The outcomes of this research are hoped to support waste categorisation policy.
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Hannah is a committee member of the Victorian Soil Science Society and is involved in multiple activities which aim to improve communication of advances in assessment and management of contaminated land, bridging the gap between academics, consultants, regulators and the broader community.