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Department of Environment and Geography

Brian Gulson

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Email brian.-gulsonmq.-edu.-au
Position Emeritus Professor
Room No. E8B 308
Fax +61-2-9850-7972


My background is in Geochemistry with a PhD from the Research School of Earth Sciences at ANU Canberra.  I became interested in isotope geochemistry in the latter part of my PhD using the rubidium-strontium dating method and then undertook post-doctoral research in Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and later in the USA, where I learnt the uranium-lead geochronology method. I joined CSIRO Division of Mineralogy in 1973 and with a team developed the lead isotope method for use in mineral exploration. In 1990 I was approached to undertake lead isotope analyses to investigate the mobilization of lead from the maternal skeleton, funded from the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. When the PI left for the UK, I took over that role and assembled a team of multidisciplinary researchers. That was the beginning of my interest in environmental health which has continued to this day. Being able to help people exposed to toxins is especially gratifying. I joined GSE in 1995 and have continued an association with CSIRO.

Research Interest

Environmental science especially environmental health including; biokinetics of lead in human pregnancy and osteoporosis, toxic metals in mining and urban environments (impact on environment and humans, sources and pathways, remedial actions), radiogenic isotope methods in environmental monitoring, lead paint management, dietary intake of metals, pharmacokinetic modelling, forensic science, metal emissions from petrol especially manganese and lead, and metallic nanoparticles and health.

Selected publications

  1. Gulson, B.L., Mizon, K.J., Law, A.J., Korsch, M.J., Davis, J.J. 1994. Source and Pathways of Lead in Humans from Broken Hill Mining Community - an Alternative Use of Exploration Methods. Econ Geol., 89, 889-908.
  2. Gulson, B.L., Mahaffey, K.R., Mizon, K.J., Korsch, M.J., Cameron, M., Vimpani G.1995. Contribution of tissue lead to blood lead in adult female subjects based on stable lead isotope methods. J Lab Clin Med., 125, 703-712. (Editorial Comment p. 677).
  3. Gulson, B.L., Jameson, C.W., Mahaffey, K.R., Mizon, K.J., Korsch, M.J., Vimpani G. 1997. Pregnancy increases mobilization of lead from maternal skeleton. J. Lab Clin Med., 130, 51-62.
  4. Gulson, B.L., Jameson, C.W., Mahaffey, K.R., Mizon, K.J., Korsch, M.J., Cameron, M.A., Vimpani, G., Eisman, J.A. 1998. Mobilisation of lead from the skeleton during the post-natal period is larger than during pregnancy. J Lab Clin Med., 131, 324-329. (Editorial Comment p.295-297).
  5. Gulson, B.L., Jameson, C.W., Mahaffey, K.R., Mizon, K.J., Patison, N., Law, A.J., Korsch, M.J. 1998. Relationships of Lead in Breast Milk to Lead in Blood, Urine and Diet of the Infant and Mother. Environ Health Perspect., 106, 667-674.
  6. Gulson, B.L., Mizon, K.J., Smith, H., Eisman, J.A., Palmer, J.M., Korsch, Donnelly, J.B., Waite, K. 2002. Skeletal Lead Release during Bone Resorption: Effect of Bisphosphonate Treatment in a Pilot Study. Environ. Health Perspect., 110, 1017-1023.
  7. Gulson, B.L., Mizon, K.J., Palmer, J.M., Korsch, M.J., Taylor, A.J., Mahaffey, K.R. 2004. Blood lead changes during pregnancy and postpartum with calcium supplementation. Environ. Health Perspect. 112, 1499-1507.
  8. Cohen, D.D., Gulson, B.L., Davis, J.M., Stelcer, E., Garton, D., Hawas, O., Taylor, A. 2005. Fine-particle Mn and other metals linked to the introduction of MMT into gasoline in Sydney, Australia: Results of a natural experiment. Atmos. Environ., 39, 6885-6896.
  9. Gulson, B.L., Mizon, K., Taylor, A., Korsch, M., Stauber, J., Davis, J.M., Louie, H., Wu, M., Swan, H. 2006. Changes in manganese and lead in the environment and young children associated with the introduction of methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl in gasoline – preliminary results. Environ. Res., 100, 100-114.
  10. Gulson, B.L., Wong, H. 2006. Stable isotope tracing – a way forward for nanotechnology. Environ. Health Perspect., 114, 1486-1488.
  11.   Gulson B, McCall M, Korsch M, Gomez L, Casey P, Oytam Y, Taylor A, McCulloch M, Trotter J, Kinsley L, Greenoak G. 2010. Small amounts of zinc from zinc oxide particles in sunscreens applied outdoors are absorbed through human skin. Toxicol Sci. 118, 140-149.

Editorial Boards:
Environmental Health Perspectives
Environmental Research
Science of the Total Environment

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