PhD project: Development of Ecological Indicators for Assessing Pollution Risks in Freshwater Streams around Melbourne

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Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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AQUEST is a multidisciplinary research team with expertise in environmental and water quality assessment, using a variety of technologies and approaches to identify priority pollution issues that affect aquatic ecosystems. Our research partnership with Melbourne Water is know as the Aquatic Pollution Prevention Partnership (A3P).

This collaborative project between RMIT University and Melbourne Water will develop ecological tools for assessing pollution risks and impacts in freshwater streams around Melbourne.

Pollutants in waterways that are impacted by untreated sewage and stormwater inputs will be screened and then tested in the laboratory using standardised ecotoxicological tests. Field microcosms and caging experiments will be used to assess in situ impacts.

It is envisaged that this project will lead to the development of new biological tools for pollution assessment, including but not limited to microbial indicators, fish and macroinvertebrate indicators and plant function indicators.

The successful candidate will be provided with ample opportunities to make industry connections, work in a supportive team environment, have access to field equipment and laboratory facilities, with consumables covered. 

How to apply:

Interested individuals are invited to discuss the project with supervisors: Dr Kathryn Hassell: 03) 9925 4647,  or Professor Vincent Pettigrove: 03) 9925 7608,

Application is made by going to: (using Google Chrome to search by supervisor).