The Aquatic Environmental Stress research group assesses the health of aquatic ecosystems; inland waterways and estuaries, using a weight of evidence approach based on environmental outcomes.
As a research group, historically the focus has been on aquatic pollution, identification, research and management, assessed using both chemical and biological methods. While this focus continues, our definition of pollution/ environmental stressors has broadened further to include considering other stressors, such as assessing the benefits of environmental flows to aquatic biota.
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Citizen Science Projects
Researchers at AQUEST are involved in a number of Citizen Science projects involving schools, community groups and individuals. Check out our current projects.
As part of the Litter Trackers project, scientists will work with schools and community groups to launch GPS tracked bottles into Melbourne’s waterways to demonstrate how and where litter travels once it enters our waterways.
The Pesticide Detectives is an extensive national Citizen Science project investigating the occurrence and concentrations of pesticides used in homes and gardens as well as agricultural and urban settings in Australia’s waterways.
Aquatic Pollution Prevention Partnership
The Aquatic Pollution Prevention Partnership with Melbourne Water represents an approach to conduct research on waterway pollution identification and management within the Port Phillip and Westernport region.