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Facilities

The Centre for Ecosystem Management and the School of Natural Sciences provide a comprehensive range of facilities for researchers and postgraduate students.

Office space

All research staff and students enjoy airconditioned office space in our purpose built building. The centre provides a set of modern networked PC's for use and laser printers and scanners are also available. Honorary research fellows (based at ECU) and postdoctoral fellows are provided with networked computers by the centre or school. Computers can be made available to visitors and access is provided to phones and fax machines.

Research space

We provide state-of-the-art research areas for all centre members and postgraduate students. Each of the laboratories is equipped with various resources relevant to their specific fields of study. Laboratory facilities include drying ovens, furnaces and microscopes. There are also several constant temperature rooms, a heat exchange room, cool rooms and freezers. Well spaced aquarium and an animal house for research purposes are available.

Vehicles

The centre and school has a fleet of vehicles, comprising three 4WD vehicles and a Hyundai i30 station wagon. These are available to hire at a fixed rate per kilometer.

Boats

Boats available to centre members include two custom-built boats designed specifically for research, an inflatable rubber boat (IRB), punt, canoe and two small dinghy's.

Chemical analysis

The school has a well-equipped analytical laboratory that is available to centre members. This includes:

  • an inductively coupled mass spectrophotometer (ICP);
  • an autoanalyser for N and P analysis;
  • gas chromatographs (GC) with varying detection systems including flame ionisation, electron capture, mass spectrometry and thermal conductivity;
  • A, C and N stable isotope mass spectrometer;
  • high performance liquid chromatographs with ultraviolet detection;
  • a flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS) with graphite furnace capabilities;
  • ultra-violet and visible spectrophotometers;
  • capillary electrophoresis;
  • infrared spectrophotometer;
  • a stable isotope water analyser; and
  • a portable GC-MS.

Geographic information systems

Centre members have access to a specialised computer laboratory for GIS and remote sensing applications.

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