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Dr Nick Kim

Senior Lecturer in Applied Environmental Chemistry

School of Health Sciences

Nick's main teaching and research interests lie in the area where applied environmental chemistry meets human health risk assessment. Before coming to Massey, Nick worked as both a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Waikato (1991-2001), and a scientific advisor to the Waikato Regional Council (2002-2011). His background covers a range of applied chemistry areas including environmental chemistry, human and environmental risk assessment, analytical chemistry and forensic science. From his work with local government Nick has broad experience with the technical aspects of applied resource management including regional analysis of air, soil and water quality for state of the environment (SoE) purposes, scientific assessment of resource consents, management of contaminated sites and chemical emergencies, development of regional and national policy in the environmental chemistry area, and provision of expert evidence in Environment Court.

Nick's background covers a range of applied chemistry areas including environmental chemistry, human and environmental risk assessment, analytical chemistry and forensic science. From his work with local government Nick has broad experience with the technical aspects of applied resource management including regional analysis of air, soil and water quality for state of the environment purposes, assessment of resource consents, management of contaminated sites and chemical emergencies, development of regional and national policy in the environmental chemistry area.  He has served as both an expert witness and an independent hearings commissioner.

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Professional

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry) - University of Canterbury (1990)
  • Bachelor of Science Honours (First Class) - University of Canterbury (1987)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Environmental chemistry of trace elements

Diffuse and other chemical contamination of the environment

Toxic substances, human health and risk assessment

Analytical environmental chemistry

Thematics

Resource Development and Management, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Analytical Chemistry (030100): Chemical Science (030000): Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry) (039901):
Environmental Impact Assessment (050204): Environmental Science and Management (050200): Environmental Sciences (050000):
Instrumental Methods (excl. Immunological and Bioassay Methods) (030105):
Land Capability and Soil Degradation (050302): Natural Resource Management (050209):
Other Chemical Sciences (039900):
Soil Chemistry (excl. Carbon Sequestration Science) (050304): Soil Sciences (050300)

Keywords

Environmental chemistry of trace elements

Diffuse and other chemical contamination of the environment

Toxic substances, human health and risk assessment

Analytical environmental chemistry

 

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 6

Research Outputs

Journal

Dharmadasa, P., Kim, N., & Thunders, M. (2017). Maternal cadmium exposure and impact on foetal gene expression through methylation changes. Food and Chemical Toxicology. 109, 714-720
[Journal article]Authored by: Kim, N.
Cowie, G., Lawson, W., & Kim, N. (2010). Australian dust causing respiratory disease admissions in some North Island, New Zealand Hospitals. New Zealand Medical Journal. 123(1311), 87-88
[Journal article]Authored by: Kim, N.
Gaw, SK., Kim, ND., Northcott, GL., Wilkins, AL., & Robinson, G. (2008). Uptake of ΣDDT, arsenic, cadmium, copper, and lead by lettuce and radish grown in contaminated horticultural soils. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 56(15), 6584-6593
[Journal article]Authored by: Kim, N.
Bennett, RL., Kim, ND., Curran, JM., Coulson, SA., & Newton, AWN. (2003). Spatial variation of refractive index in a pane of float glass. Science and Justice - Journal of the Forensic Science Society. 43(2), 71-76
[Journal article]Authored by: Kim, N.
McLaren, SJ., & Kim, ND. (1995). Evidence for a seasonal fluctuation of arsenic in New Zealand's longest river and the effect of treatment on concentrations in drinking water. Environmental Pollution. 90(1), 67-73
[Journal article]Authored by: Kim, N., McLaren, S.
Kim, ND., & Fergusson, JE. (1994). Seasonal variations in the concentrations of cadmium, copper, lead and zinc in leaves of the horse chesnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L.). Environmental Pollution. 86(1), 89-97
[Journal article]Authored by: Kim, N.
Kim, N., & Fergusson, J. (1993). Concentrations and sources of cadmium, copper, lead and zinc in house dust in Christchurch, New Zealand. Science of the Total Environment, The. 138(1-3), 1-21
[Journal article]Authored by: Kim, N.
Fergusson, JE., & Kim, ND. (1991). Trace elements in street and house dusts: sources and speciation. Science of the Total Environment, The. 100(C), 125-150
[Journal article]Authored by: Kim, N.

Conference

Eme, P., Burlingame, B., Kim, ND., Douwes, J., & Foliaki, S. (2017). Sustainable Diets in Small Island Developing States of the Western Pacific: a review. Poster session presented at the meeting of IUNS 21st ICN International Congress of Nutrition. Beunos Aires, Argentina
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Burlingame, B., Douwes, J., Foliaki, S., Kim, N.
Eme, P., Burlingame, B., Kim, ND., Douwes, J., & Foliaki, S. (2017). Sustainable Diets in Small Island Developing States of the Western Pacific: a review. Poster session presented at the meeting of Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Minnesota, USA
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Burlingame, B., Douwes, J., Foliaki, S., Kim, N.
Brough, L., Jin, Y., Coad, J., Weber, JL., Thomson, J., & Kim, ND. (2016). Fluoride intakes in pregnant women in Palmerston North, New Zealand. In Nutrients 2017 Vol. 239 (pp. 5 - 5). , Joint Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand and the Nutrition Society of Australia: MDPI AG
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Brough, L., Coad, J., Jin, Y., Kim, N., Thomson, J., Weber, J.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
CoSupervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Panchamee Dharmadasa - PhD
    Genetic, epigenetic and reproductive impacts of low-level exposure to environmentally ubiquitous contaminants

CoSupervisor of:

  • Paul Eme - PhD
    Sustainable food systems and sustainable diets of Pacific Island Countries and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • Ali Heydari - PhD
    Molecular Aspects of Horizontal Gene Transfer and Resistance Mechanism Induced by Heavy Metals in Bacterial Isolates

Media and Links

Media

  • 30 Jun 2015 - Television
    Provision of technical advice to TV3/mediaworks
    Provision of technical advice to TV3/mediaworks relating to detection of DDT in samples from Canterbury. Contact: Kate McCallum. Dates spanned 20 May to 30 June 2015.
  • 29 Aug 2017 - Newspaper, Television, Radio
    Release of NZ Standard for methamphetamine testing
    Several interviews on TV, radio and print relating to release of the new NZ Standard for testign and remediation of properties contaminated by traces of methamphetamine
  • 28 Nov 2014 - Television
    Provision of technical advice to 3rd Degree (TV3/
    Description: Provision of technical advice to 3rd Degree (TV3/mediaworks) relating to detection of man made fibres in a commercial product. Contact: Melanie Reid.
  • 24 May 2017 - Television
    Risks of living in a meth-contaminated home
  • 22 Mar 2016 - Online
    Houses contaminated by methamphetamine manufacture
    Request from the Science Media Centre for background on the issue of houses contaminated by methamphetamine manufacture, including the risks posed by residual contamination.
  • 20 Jun 2017 - Radio
    Consuming dog meat containing cyanide, in Bali
    RNZ The Panel
  • 12 Apr 2016 - Television, Radio, Newspaper, Magazine, Online
    Trace methamphetamine - TV, radio, newspaper, mag
    Several interviews and articles relating to health significance of trace residues of methamphetamine and the meth clean-up industry. TV: [1] TV1/’Fair Go’ 15 June and later news bulletins; [2] TV1/’F
  • 11 Apr 2013 - Television
    Interviewed by Campbell Live (TV 3) (Whena Owen)
    Interviewed by Campbell Live (TV 3) (Whena Owen) about the national cadmium strategy and background context to that. Programme aired on April 11 2013.
  • 08 Nov 2016 - Online, Radio
    The Science Of ... meth houses
    RNZ podcast with Katy Gosset and Alison Ballance
  • 07 Apr 2017 - Newspaper, Radio, Online
    Investigation of purported cancer treatment
    Assistance with New Zealand Herald investigation of a purported terminal cancer treatment called Te Kiri Gold which is endorsed by Sir Colin Meads and produced on a Waikato farm. Analysis showed this

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