This research investigates the impact of pollution on freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems in urban and rural environments. This involves developing toxicity tests and assays to assess the condition of waterways and identify the pollutants causing ecosystem impairment. These tools also provide valuable data to inform water management practices and monitor the success of remediation strategies.
Biological markers, known as biomarkers, help CAPIM to conduct health checks on aquatic flora and fauna.
Fish Biomonitoring and Ecotoxicology
Various types of biological responses in fish are used to determine exposure to pollution and other environmental stressors.
Freshwater Invertebrate Ecotoxicology
Ecotoxicological bioassays with invertebrates are regularly used for assessing and monitoring the impact of pollutants on aquatic ecosystems.
Our research in marine ecotoxicology focusses on developing toxicity tests for local invertebrate species found in Victorian estuarine and marine environments.
As primary producers, algae and aquatic plants play a key role in the structure and function of ecosystems.