Research in this theme aims to identify the nature, source and fate of pollutants found in waterways, assess their impact on ecosystems, pinpoint priority pollution issues and advise water managers on mitigation strategies. Pollutants targeted include emerging chemicals of concerns, faecal contamination and micropollutants.
Chemicals of Concern
Improving our understanding of the nature and behaviour of chemicals of concern will assist us in protecting aquatic ecosystems from emerging risks.
Human Faecal Sourcing
Species-specific bacteria present in faecal matter are targeted to track human and other animal faecal contamination in recreational waterways.
Micropollutants Analysis and Passive Sampling
Capability has been developed to identify a range of endocrine disruptors and priority micropollutants including pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products.
Sediment Quality Monitoring
Sediment quality monitoring is essential for identifying pollutants and their sources, equipping managers to prioritise actions, reduce pollution and promote greater ecosystem protection.
Urban Wetlands and Stream Pollution
Our objective is to understand the pathways and fate of pollutants and to investigate how urban environments influence the health of aquatic ecosystems.