Chris Rawson is the Dean, Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
I am an ecotoxicologist (environmental toxicologist) interested in the way that environmental contaminants affect aquatic wildlife (particularly fish and invertebrates). Using biochemical markers my research aims to indicate the presence of pollutants, their broad chemical structure, their likely source(s), and extrapolate these data to suggest any potential effects at higher levels of organisation (community and populations). This allows the identification of hotspots of contamination exposure in fishes, and predict how fish stocks might be altered over time in response to a variety of stressors. Such information is vital to managers of aquatic systems (both marine and freshwater) in stopping the entry of these important contaminants and dealing with them appropriately once they are released.
- Australian Marine Science Association;
- Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC);
Teaching and Learning Grants
- Teaching Excellence Decelopemnt Fund 2014: $17 500 - Introduction of tablet based technology in fieldwork
- Teaching Excellence Development Fund 2015: $7500 - Benchmarking First Year Biology
My teaching is guided by two key scholarly teaching principles; Constructive Alignment and Active Learning. Ispend a considerable amount of time writing meaningful and achievable Unit Learning Outcomes for each unit in which I have a coordination role and design learning outcomes around each assessment task, lecture and learning activity. Constructive alignment has significantly changed the design curricula for the units I deliver. Examples of active learning tasks I employ in the classroom include work-shopping definitions of poorly understood concepts, case-studies using primary documents, scientific paper critiques, designing research plans and creating environmental regulations using scientific breakthroughs.
I am a strong advocate of innovative teaching practices, communicating my ideas to T&R staff in the department and the School. I constantly trial and adapt new teaching methods within the classroom, online and in assessment and feedback. I am a rapid adopter of new technologies to facilitate engaged active learning. These have included collaborative live document design (Google Docs), GroupMap, Hotseat, online formative assessment, tablet technology for recording field notes and real-time data collection. The use of these technologies has received favourable feedback from the students and after discussion with other academics about their use has been introduced to other units (e.g. Marine Ecology, Coastal Policy). I have employed many principles of the “flipped” classroom model to ensure students have sufficient time for active learning in all classes. This has been very successful insofar as attendance at lectures is high and overall performance in assessment tasks has improved.
My teaching philosophy stresses the importance of developing learning experiences that ensure graduate readiness. I ensure that opportunities to exercise leadership and learn key leadership skills exist in all units in which I participate. I work hard to ensure the curricula and assessments reflect tasks that would be expected in the workplace. I have written assessment tasks with potential employers that reflect highly relevant work tasks. Student feedback on these tasks is that, while challenging, they are some of the more rewarding of their degree.
- Wenger, A., C. A. Rawson, S. Wilson, S. Newman, M. Travers, S. Atkinson, N. Browne, D. Clarke, M. Depczynski, P. Eftermeijer, and 6 more contributors. 2018. "Management strategies to minimize the dredging impacts of coastal development on fish and fisheries." Conservation Letters 2018;e12572: 1-10.
- Hassell, K. L., C. A. Rawson, and M. M. Gagnon. 2018. "First report of intersex in a lutjanid: the goldband snapper Pristipomoides multidens." Journal of Fish Biology 93 (2): 428-431.
- O'Leary, M. J., I. Ward, M. Key, M. Burkhart, C. Rawson, and N. Evans. 2017. "Challenging the ‘offshore hypothesis’ for fossiliferous chert artefacts in southwestern australia and consideration of inland trade routes." Quaternary Science Reviews 156: 36-46.
- Wenger, A., E. Harvey, S. Wilson, C. Rawson, S. Newman, D. Clarke, B. J. Saunders, N. Browne, M. Travers, J. McIlwain, and 5 more contributors. 2017. "A critical analysis of the direct effects of dredging on fish." FISH AND FISHERIES 18: 967-985.
- Gagnon, M. M., and C. A. Rawson. 2017. "Bioindicator species for EROD activity measurements: A review with Australian fish as a case study." Ecological Indicators 73: 166-180.
- Gagnon, M. M., and C. A. Rawson. 2016. "Integrating Multiple Biomarkers of Fish Health: A Case Study of Fish Health in Ports." Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 70 (2): 192-203.
- Leusch, F. D. L., S. J. Khan, M. M. Gagnon, P. Quayle, T. Trinh, H. Coleman, C. Rawson, H. F. Chapman, P. Blair, H. Nice, and 1 more contributors. 2014. "Assessment of wastewater and recycled water quality: A comparison of lines of evidence from in vitro, in vivo and chemical analyses." Water Research 50: 420-431.
- Rawson, C. A., D. Webb, and M. M. Gagnon. 2010. "Investigations of endocrine disruption using Gambusia species - A review." Australasian Journal Ecotoxicology 16 (2): 53-87.
- Rawson, C., D. Webb, and M. Gagnon. 2010. "Investigations of endocrine disruption using gambusia species - a review." Australasian Journal of Ecotoxicology 16: 53-87.
- Rawson, C. A., R. P. Lim, L. A. Tremblay, M. S. J. Warne, G. G. Ying, E. Laginestra, and J. C. Chapman. 2010. "Benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in remediated wetlands around Sydney, Australia." Ecotoxiocology 19 (8): 1589-1600.
- Gagnon, M. M., and C. A. Rawson. 2009. "Diuron increases spinal deformity in early life-stage pink snapper Pagrus auratus." Marine Pollution Bulletin 58: 1078-1095.
- Rawson, C. A., L. A. Tremblay, M. S. J. Warne, G. G. Ying, R. Kookana, E. Laginestra, J. C. Chapman, and R. P. Lim. 2009. "Bioactivity of POPs and their effects in mosquitofish in Sydney Olympic Park, Australia." Science of the Total Environment 407: 3721-3730.
- Ying, G. G., C. A. Rawson, R. S. Kookana, M. S. J. Warne, P. A. Peng, X. M. Li, E. Laginestra, L. A. Tremblay, J. C. Chapman, and R. P. Lim. 2009. "Distribution of inorganic and organic contaminants in sediments from Sydney Olympic Park and the surrounding Sydney metropolitan area." Journal of Environmental Monitoring 11: 1687-1696.
- Ying, G. G., C. A. Rawson, R. S. Kookana, P. A. Peng, M. S. J. Warne, L. A. Tremblay, E. Laginestra, J. C. Chapman, and R. P. Lim. 2009. "Contamination and screening level toxicity of sediments from remediated and unremediated wetlands near Sydney, Australia." Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 28 (10): 2052-2060.
- Rawson, C. A., R. P. Lim, and M. S. J. Warne. 2008. "Skeletal morphology and maturation of male Gambusia holbrooki exposed to sewage treatment plant effluent." Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 70: 453-461.
- Rawson, C. A., R. P. Lim, M. S. J. Warne, and C. J. Doyle.. "The Effect of 17b-Estradiol on the Development of Modified Hemal Spines in Early-Life Stage Gambusia holbrooki." Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 51 Inpress.