Catchment biogeochemistry and aquatic ecology
Facilities, equipment and assets
Research teams are based in Townsville, Brisbane, Canberra, Wodonga and Adelaide. This provides the basis to compare issues across tropical, temperate and arid zones in rural and urban systems variously impacted by development.
Facilities include laboratories for ecological and physiological studies of micro-algae, cyanobacteria, macrophytes and fish.
Methods for applying molecular tools to describe microbial biodiversity, food web structures and cellular function, are being developed in the laboratories at Adelaide, Canberra and Wodonga.
Extensive aquatic and catchment monitoring instrumentation includes landscape water balance analysis systems, hydro-acoustic and electro-fishing equipment, a diverse range of submersible environmental sensors, automatic water samplers and remote monitoring devices such as COSMOS soil moisture probes.