Andrew Rate

Dr, MSc Cant., PhD Lincoln(NZ)

  • The University of Western Australia (M079), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I research and teach in Environmental Geochemistry. Most recently my group and I have made progress in: understanding the behavior of trace elements and rare-earth elements in soils, sediments, water, and regolith; sulfidic sediments and acid sulfate soils, and; urban soils and sediments. I teach mainly in UWA's Environmental Science BSc and MSc degrees, covering environmental assessment, contaminated land rehabiitation, soil physics and chemistry, and environmental data analysis.

安德魯率, 博士

In the rest of my life I'm a husband, a dad to 2 great girls, and science geek. Love (in no particular order): being outdoors, doing field work, doing multivariate statistical analysis, making sciencey maps, hanging out with my family, getting good data, encouraging and teaching students, environmental and social justice, prog rock/metal, my church, playing guitar, poetry, cycling to work, movies, coffee, . . .


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Teaching overview

Degree Coordinator of the Environmental Science majors in the Bachelor of Science. See 'Units' tab for details.


  • 2021 Postgraduate Teaching Award, School of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Western Australia
  • UWA Student Guild’s Students’ Choice Award for teaching in ENVT3361, Semester 1, 2017
  • 2006 Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Award for Excellence in Coursework Teaching (team award), for the unit EART1105 Earth and Environment: Dynamic Planet.


Teaching philosophy

Active Learning: “learning by doing”

Social Constructivism: learning in a community where the 'teacher' is also a learner

Current projects

Selected Recent PhD students:

  • Dr NianNian 'Elaine' Xu (PhD completed in 2018) "Sources and sinks of rare-earth and associated trace elements in sulfidic estuarine sediments"
  • XinDr Xin Du (PhD completed in 2012)
    "Occurrence and behaviour of rare earth and associated elements in lateritic regolith profiles, Western Australia"
  • BreeDr Bree Morgan (PhD completed in 2012) "Sulfur geochemistry as a driver of trace metal, rare earth element and nutrient cycles in eutrophic estuarine sediment"


Examples of recent Honours and MSc Coursework/Dissertation students:

  • Cassie Bond (MSc 2021) "Perth’s stormwater runoff systems as vectors for the transportation of microplastics to marine ecosystems"
  • Anagibeth Choconta-Lopez (MSc 2021) "Geochemical Controls on biotope-suitability of vegetation communities in Australia"
  • Natasha Lutz (Honours 2019 and Rhodes Scholar) "Accumulation and potential for transport of microplastics in stormwater drains, Perth region, Western Australia"



External positions

Review Editor, Frontiers in Environmental Science

11 Sep 2021 → …

Reviewer Board Member, Minerals (

1 Jul 2020 → …

Academic Editor, PLoS ONE, Public Library of Science

4 Sep 2018 → …

Industry keywords

  • Environmental

Research expertise keywords

  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Soil chemistry
  • Water chemistry
  • Sediment chemistry
  • Trace elements
  • Rare earth elements
  • Heavy metals
  • Acid sulphate soils
  • Exploration geochemistry
  • Regolith geochemistry
  • Soil contamination
  • Urban soils and sediments
  • Estuarine sediments


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