Ruth Fisher

Lecturer

Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ruth is currently a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is an Education Focused Academic and is keen to inspire students about sustainability, environmental engineering and the positive impacts they can have on the world. 

Ruth completed her PhD in 2018, investigating the emission of odours from biosolids processing in wastewater treatment plants. She is interested in improving the sustainability and performance of waste management systems, such as wastewater treatment. She is a member of the Odour Laboratory and her research was funded through the CRC for Low Carbon Living project RP2008 Beneficial Reuse of Biosolids project.

Her background as a chemical engineer supports her systems thinking approaches to solving odour emissions. Previous to her life at UNSW Sydney, Ruth worked at CSIRO on a number of projects on membranes for water treatment and industrial vent gas treatment. These projects introduced her to research and identifying opportunities for industry collaborations.  Working closely with industry partners such as Sydney Water, Hunter Water, and Suez opened the door for shared learning and greater impact of research outcomes. She is keen to look more broadly at the world especially in how sustainability and odour emissions are linked to waste management. “As engineers we need to take a step back and look at the interactions between systems, for example, when treating an odour we need to make sure we don’t shift the burden from one area or phase to another”.

publications

Book Chapters
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Hayes JE; Le HV; Fisher RM; Le-Minh N; Stuetz RM, 2020, 'Measurement and assessment of odorous sulfur compounds', in Environmental Technologies to Treat Sulphur Pollution: Principles and Engineering, IWA Publishing, pp. 321 - 344, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/9781789060966_0321
2020
Journal articles
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Fisher RM; Alvarez-Gaitan JP; Stuetz RM, 2019, 'Review of the effects of wastewater biosolids stabilization processes on odor emissions', Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 49, pp. 1515 - 1586, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10643389.2019.1579620
2019
Khan SJ; Fisher R; Roser DJ, 2019, 'Potable reuse: Which chemicals to be concerned about', Current Opinion in Environmental Science and Health, vol. 7, pp. 76 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coesh.2018.12.002
2019
Barczak RJ; Fisher RM; Le-Minh N; Stuetz RM, 2019, 'Importance of 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole (TCA) as an odorant in the emissions from anaerobically stabilized dewatered biosolids', Chemosphere, vol. 236, pp. 124340, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.07.071
2019
Kamarulzaman NH; Le-Minh N; Fisher RM; Stuetz RM, 2019, 'Quantification of VOCs and the development of odour wheels for rubber processing', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 657, pp. 154 - 168, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.451
2019
Hayes JE; Fisher RM; Stevenson RJ; Stuetz RM, 2019, 'Investigation of non-community stakeholders regarding community engagement and environmental malodour', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 665, pp. 546 - 556, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.137
2019
Fisher R; Hayes J; Alvarez-Gaitan JP; Aurisch R; Vitanage D; Stuetz R, 2018, 'Influence of Biosolids Processing on the Production of Odorous Emissions at Wastewater Treatment Plants', Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, vol. 2018, pp. 57 - 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864718822846887
2018
Fisher RM; Le-Minh N; Alvarez-Gaitan JP; Moore SJ; Stuetz RM, 2018, 'Emissions of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) throughout wastewater biosolids processing', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 616-617, pp. 622 - 631, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.282
2018
Fisher RM; Barczak RJ; Stuetz RM, 2018, 'Identification of odorant characters using GC-MS/O in biosolids emissions from aerobic and anaerobic stabilisation', Water Science and Technology, vol. 2017, pp. 736 - 742, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/WST.2018.245
2018
Fisher R; Shammay A; Alvarez-Gaitan JP; Stuetz RM, 2018, 'Sewer catchment effects on wastewater and biosolids odour management', Water Science and Technology, vol. 77, pp. 2348 - 2354, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2018.166
2018
Fisher RM; Barczak RJ; Suffet IHM; Hayes JE; Stuetz RM, 2018, 'Framework for the use of odour wheels to manage odours throughout wastewater biosolids processing', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 634, pp. 214 - 223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.352
2018
Barczak RJ; Fisher RM; Wang X; Stuetz RM, 2018, 'Variations of odorous VOCs detected by different assessors via gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry and olfactory detection port (ODP) system', Water Science and Technology, vol. 77, pp. 759 - 765, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2017.569
2018
Hayes JE; Fisher RM; Stevenson RJ; Mannebeck C; Stuetz RM, 2017, 'Unrepresented community odour impact: Improving engagement strategies', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 609, pp. 1650 - 1658, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.013
2017
Fisher RM; Le-Minh N; Sivret EC; Alvarez-Gaitan JP; Moore SJ; Stuetz RM, 2017, 'Distribution and sensorial relevance of volatile organic compounds emitted throughout wastewater biosolids processing', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 599-600, pp. 663 - 670, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.129
2017
Fisher RM; Alvarez-Gaitan JP; Stuetz RM; Moore SJ, 2017, 'Sulfur flows and biosolids processing: Using Material Flux Analysis (MFA) principles at wastewater treatment plants', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 198, pp. 153 - 162, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.04.056
2017
Fisher RM; Barczak RJ; Alvarez Gaitan JP; Le-Minh N; Stuetz RM, 2017, 'Odorous volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from ageing anaerobically stabilised biosolids', Water Science and Technology, vol. 75, pp. 1617 - 1624, http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2017.030
2017
Fisher RM; Barczak R; Alvarez-Gaitan JP; Stuetz RM, 2016, 'Comparing static headspace and dynamic flux hood measurements of biosolids odour emissions', Chemical Engineering Transactions, vol. 54, pp. 43 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.3303/CET1654008
2016
Reports
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Alvarez Gaitan JP; Fisher R; Hayes J; Roser D; Stuetz R, 2017, Assessment and Management of Material Stability in Contemporary Environmental Guidelines for the Use and Disposal of Biosolids Products., NSW EPA
2017
Conference Papers
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Barczak R; Fisher R; Wang X; Stuetz R, 2016, 'Odorous VOCs From Biosolids Detected By GC-MS/O', in Odorous VOCs From Biosolids Detected By GC-MS/O, Odors and Air Pollutants, U.S., presented at Odors and Air Pollutants, U.S., 21 March 2016 - 24 March 2016
2016