Dr. Emily Payne

Dr. Emily Payne

Research Fellow
Department of Civil Engineering
Living Laboratory, 17 Alliance Lane (B37), Clayton Campus

Dr.Emily Payne is a Research Fellow within the water group in the Civil Engineering Department with a research focus on the use of green infrastructure for water treatment in the urban environment. In particular, Emily is interested in the function and optimal selection of plants within these systems, and their use to create more liveable cities. Her PhD thesis investigated the role of plants and species selection for nitrogen removal in stormwater biofiltration systems. Emily’s research interests include the adaptation of green technologies to suit varied local conditions, and a key focus on facilitating the practical application of research in design, construction and maintenance.



  • Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental), The University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Science (Botany), The University of Melbourne
  • PhD, Monash University


Green infrastructure
Urban water treatment
Use of plants in water treatment

Research Projects

Past projects

Issues and opportunities review - acceptance of large-scale bio-retention systems.

Jacobs and Monash University are jointly submitting a proposal to Melbourne Water to undertake a review into the issues and opportunities associated with large-scale bio-retention systems. Monash University is providing specialist advice on the use of bio-retention systems, and the applicability of the technology at large-scales.


Inside Story of Gas Processes within Stormwater Biofilters: Does Greenhouse Gas Production Tarnish the Benefits of Nitrogen Removal?

Payne, E. G. I., Pham, T., Cook, P. L. M., Deletic, A., Hatt, B. E. & Fletcher, T. D. 4 Apr 2017 In : Environmental Science and Technology. 51, 7, p. 3703-3713 11 p.


Biofilter design for effective nitrogen removal from stormwater – influence of plant species, inflow hydrology and use of a saturated zone

Payne, E. G. I., Pham, T., Cook, P., Fletcher, T., Hatt, B. E. & Deletic, A. 2014 In : Water Science and Technology. 69, 6, p. 1312 – 1319 8 p.

E. coli removal in laboratory scale stormwater biofilters: influence of vegetation and submerged zone

Chandrasena, G. I., Pham, T., Payne, E. G., Deletic, A. & McCarthy, D. T. 2014 In : Journal of Hydrology. 519, p. 814 – 822 9 p.

Processes and drivers of nitrogen removal in stormwater biofiltration

Payne, E. G. I., Fletcher, T., Cook, P., Deletic, A. & Hatt, B. E. 2014 In : Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology.44, 7, p. 796 – 846 51 p.

Temporary storage or permanent removal? The division of nitrogen between biotic assimilation and denitrification in stormwater biofiltration systems

Payne, E. G. I., Fletcher, T., Russell, D., Grace, M. R., Cavagnaro, T., Evrard, V., Deletic, A., Hatt, B. E. & Cook, P. 2014 In : PLoS ONE.9, 3, p. 1 – 12 12 p.


Stormwater biofiltration – the challenges of inorganic and organic nitrogen removal

Payne, E. G. I., Pham, T., Hatt, B. E., Fletcher, T. D., Cook, P. & Deletic, A. 2013 8th International Water Sensitive Urban Design Conference 2013. Greenway, M. (ed.). Australia: Engineers Australia, p. 153 – 160 8 p.


The influence of vegetation in stormwater biofilters on infiltration and nitrogen removal: preliminary findings

Pham, T., Payne, E. G. I., Fletcher, T. D., Cook, P., Deletic, A. & Hatt, B. E. 2012 Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design. Wong, T. & McCarthy, D. (eds.). Melbourne Vic Australia: Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, p. 145 – 153 9 p.



Last modified: 15/01/2020