Silvana Santomartino

Founding Director / Principal Environmental Geochemist
PSK Environmental

Milton, QLD

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


Coastal areas in Australia are considered prime real estate; however, development in these areas can result in disturbance of acidic soils, known as Acid Sulfate Soils, through excavation or dewatering.  Disturbance of these soils can result in the release of sulfuric acid, iron and aluminium into local waterways which can adversely impact ecosystems and damage infrastructure.

In order to minimise these impacts, Dr Silvana Santomartino provides management advice to civil, industrial and resource sectors through her company, PSK Environmental.   A Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS), she holds a PhD in Environmental Geochemistry and Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) from La Trobe University.  She has worked on many high-profile projects in Australia, most notably Brisbane Airport’s second runway, the largest aviation construction project in Australia.

Silvana has been an advocate for career mentoring of women in STEM.  She was Chair of her previous workplace’s Mentoring Committee for 3 years where she oversaw the training and pairing of over 150 mentors and mentees. 

As President of the Queensland Branch of Soil Science Australia in 2017-2018, she raised the profile of soil science in the community through her work at the World Science Festival and community presentations.  She also shares her knowledge by regularly holding technical seminars to industry and guest lecturing at Griffith University, Queensland.


Silvana identifies as culturally and linguistically diverse.