Contaminant chemistry and ecotoxicology

We look at what happens to contaminants in our waters and landscape and measure and predict effects on ecosystems. When required, we help respond to national emergencies and urgent government needs.

The Challenge

Ecosystems under threat

Aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems are under threat worldwide from contaminants released through human activities such as mining, agriculture, and urban and industrial development.

This has led to increasing community expectation that we protect our valuable ecosystem resources through the sound management and regulation of contaminant issues.

Our Response

Expertise and leadership

We provide expert advice and leadership on contaminant issues to national and international government agencies.

Our research characterises the fate, transport and bioavailability of contaminants in landscapes and water bodies, and measures and predicts their ecotoxicological effects on biota in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. This includes contaminants of emerging concern, such as Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs), and nanoparticles.

We have expertise in the development and application of state-of-the‑art chemical and ecotoxicological techniques which enables improved assessment of the risks posed by contaminants in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

When required, we mobilise our capability in response to national emergencies and urgent government needs.

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