Professor Howard Fallowfield


Professor – College of Science and Engineering


Professor Fallowfield is an aquatic microbial ecologist. His research focus is health aspects of water quality, which has been conducted across a range of aquatic environments including drinking water, wastewater and recreational waters. Howard has some 25 year’s research experience in the UK and Australia, designing, constructing, operating and evaluating the performance of pilot plants for both drinking water and wastewater treatment. Successful research projects include the design and operation of high rate algal ponds (HRAPs) for the treatment of abattoir wastewater; construction and evaluation of new HRAP designs for the treatment of wastewater from rural communities in South Australia. The application of HRAPs for the treatment of wastewaters and on-site biomass energy production is also a current research project. A further research interest is the remediation of drinking water and groundwater contaminated with inorganic nitrogen, pharmaceuticals and personal care products using biological filters.


BSc (Hons)  in Microbiology & Food Science, University of Leeds, UK.
PhD  in freshwater microbial ecology.University of Dundee, Scotland.

Honours, awards and grants

In 2017 I was a member of the Environmental Health Team, with Dr Kirstin Ross and Dr Harriet Whiley, presented with the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Key responsibilities

Within the College of Science and Engineering Prof. Fallowfield is coordinator of Research Higher Degreesassociated with environmental sciences and the Health and Environment Group.



Phone: +61 8 72218581
Email: howard.fallowfield@flinders.edu.au
Location: Health Sciences Building (5.22)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Further information

Validation of wastewater treatment in a rural South Australian community using high rate algal ponds (HRAPs), International Centre of Excellence for Water Resource Management (ICEWaRM) webinar August 2016


ICEWaRM webinar 27th July 2017 Community Waste Water Reuse with High Rate Algal Ponds HRAP #2 considers treatment mechanisms