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Associate Professor Mary Boyce

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5273, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.354
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5273
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.354  


Mary is an Associate Professor within the School of Science.

Current Teaching

  • SCC1111 General Chemistry
  • SCC2301 Forensic and Analytical Chemistry
  • SCC3201 Analytical Chemistry
  • SCC3304 Chemistry Project

Course Coordinator

  • Applied and Analytical Chemistry


  • 1990 - Lecturer Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • 1992 - Associate Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 1996 - Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 2001 - Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University

Research Areas and Interests

Analytical chemistry is my principal area of research. In particular, I have been active in the development and application of emerging analytical technologies including capillary electrophoresis and solid-phase microextraction. My work involves fundamental chemical research to better understand the chemical processes involved in isolating and separating target compounds. As an analytical chemist, I also get the opportunity to collaborate with scientists on a range of projects including: determining secondary metabolites that protect plants against herbivore attack; phenolic, sugar and amino acid profiles in WA seagrasses; using metabolomics to better understand polycystic kidney disease, phyochemicals in vegetables and additives in food.


  • Graduate Certificate (Tertiary Teaching), Edith Cowan University, 2010.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ireland, 1991.
  • Bachelor of Science, Ireland, 1987.


Recent Research Grants

  • ECU-Thermo Research Facility Manager,  Thermo Fisher Scientific Australia Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2017 - 2019,  $267,603.
  • Sponsorship Agreement for Research Fellow in Analytical Chemistry/Proteomics,  Chemistry Centre WA T/A ChemCentre,  Research Fellowship Grant,  2017 - 2019,  $270,000.
  • Food and Nutrition Postgraduate Scholarship ,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  CSIRO - Scholarship,  2016 - 2018,  $18,382.
  • Visiting Fellow Dr Veronica Vasuki Vamathevan,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Visiting Fellow Grant Scheme,  2018,  $5,000.
  • Deamidation, an innovative way to improve protein functionality,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Early Career Grant Scheme Semester 1, 2017,  2017,  $10,000.
  • Improving barley malting quality through a combined metabolomics and transcriptomics approach,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Early Career Grant Scheme Semester 1, 2017,  2017,  $10,000.
  • Investigating lipid synthesis pathways in genetically modified seeds,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Early Career Grant Scheme Semester 1, 2017,  2017,  $10,000.
  • High resolution mass spectrometry for metabolomics and proteomics research,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2015 - 2016,  $1,450,000.
  • Micropropagation and Clonal Variation of Teak (Tectona Grandis),  Integrated Tree Cropping Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2008 - 2011,  $70,638.
  • Clonal propagation of hazel (Corylus avellana) for increased nut and truffle production,  Wine and Truffle Company,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $7,219.
  • Selection and Clonal propagation of high yielding hazel ( Corylus avellana) for improved truffle (Tuber melanosporum) and hazelnut production,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2008,  $152,700.
  • Determination of optimal storage conditions for the transportation of Western Australian grown Tuber melanosporum to international markets,  Wine and Truffle Company,  Grant,  2007,  $8,510.
  • Micropropagation and clonal variation of Teak (Tectona grandis),  Rewards Group Ltd,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $68,289.
  • Establishing best practice protocols in the management of occupational and environmental health in a high risk mining and ore processing environment.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2003 - 2004,  $40,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Phelps, C., Boyce, M., Huggett, M., (2017), Future climate change scenarios differentially affect three abundant algal species in southwestern Australia. Marine Environmental Research, 126(2017), 69-80, DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.02.008.
  • Kalsoom, U., Guijt, RM., Boyce, M., Townsend, AT., Haselberg, R., Breadmore, MC., (2016), Direct electrokinetic injection of inorganic cations from whole fruits and vegetables for capillary electrophoresis analysis. Journal of Chromatography A, 1428(8 January 2016), 346-351, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2015.08.012.
  • Hinwood, A., Stasinska, A., Callan, A., Heyworth, J., Ramalingam, M., Boyce, M., McCafferty, P., Odland, J., (2015), Maternal exposure to alkali, alkali earth, transition and other metals: Concentrations and predictors of exposure. Environmental Pollution, 204(2015), 256-263, Oxford, UK, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.04.024.
  • Kalsoom, U., Breadmore, M., Guijt, R., Boyce, M., (2014), Evaluation of potential cationic probes for the detection of proline and betaine. Electrophoresis, 35(23), 3379-3386, Wiley-VCH Verlag, DOI: 10.1002/elps.201400303.
  • Kalsoom, U., Boyce, M., Bennett, I., Veraplakorn, V., (2013), Simultaneous determination of key osmoregulants in halophytes using HPLC-ELSD. Chromatographia, 76(17-18), 1125-1130, Berlin, Springer Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s10337-013-2494-7.
  • Hinwood, A., Callan, A., Ramalingam, M., Boyce, M., Heyworth, J., McCafferty, P., Odland, J., (2013), Cadmium, lead and mercury exposure in non smoking pregnant women. Environmental Research, 126( October 2013), 118-124, DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2013.07.005.
  • Callan, A., Hinwood, A., Ramalingam, M., Boyce, M., Heyworth, J., McCafferty, P., Odland, J., (2013), Maternal Exposure to Metals – Concentrations and Predictors of Exposure. Environmental Research, 126( October 2013), 111-117, DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2013.07.004.
  • Lavery, P., McMahon, K., Weyers, J., Boyce, M., Oldham, CE., (2013), Release of dissolved organic carbon from seagrass wrack and its implications for trophic connectivity. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 494(2013), 121-133, Ohne, Germany, Inter-Research, DOI: 10.3354/meps10554.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Metal Exposure In Non- Occupationally Exposed Pregnant Women Of Western Australia And Contribution Of Environmental Sources.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Predicting The Impact Of Future Climate Change On Ecologically Important Macroalgae
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Analysis Of Plant Analytes Using Capillary Electrophoresis And High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Analysis Of The Volatile Components In Vanilla Extracts And Flavourings By Solid-phase Microextraction And Gas Chromatography
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Spatial Variation Of Allanblackia Parviflora Seed Products In Ghana: Chemical And Ethnobotanical Exploration
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Development Of Capillary Electrophoresis For The Analysis Of Phenolics And Glucoraphanin In Brassica Oleracea.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Factors Controlling Wetland Sediment Response To Alternate Wetting And Drying And How This Affects Water Quality.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Verticordia Micropropagation Through Direct Ex Vitro Rooting.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Establishment Of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (amf) On Micropropagated Teak (tectona Grandis L. F.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Inorganic Hydrogeochemical Responses To Fires In Wetland Sediments On The Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  A Salt On The Land: The Osmolyte Production And Physiological Responses Of Selected Myrtaceae Species Exposed To Salt And Water Stress.
  • Master of Science (Interdisciplinary Studies),  Evaluation Of A Modified Food Frequency Questionnaire To Measure Lignans In Australian Men And Women
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