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Equipment and Facilities

The Centre for Ecosystem Management and the School of Science provide state-of-the-art research facilities for researchers and postgraduate students.

Office space

All research staff and students enjoy air-conditioned 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.

Aquatic laboratories

Researchers maintain four separate laboratories to sort, analyse and interpret water chemistry, sediments, microbial assemblages, and fish and invertebrate assemblages. The Centre also has access to two fully services aquarium rooms, water storage and water supply facilities, and an outdoor mesocosm facility for experimental research.

Terrestrial/plant biology laboratories

The Centre uses its glasshouses, plant nursery and soil analytics laboratory for ecological work, with specialised equipment for research in ecophysiology and behavioural ecology. Laboratory access to herbarium, specimen collection room, temperature controlled rooms, cold storage facilities, an autoclave, incubators and muffle furnaces is available to all researchers.

Molecular biology laboratories

Our facilities are well equipped for contemporary research in molecular biology, genetics, and bioinformatics.  We have fully equipped pre- and post-PCR laboratories (e.g. PCR hood, tissue homogeniser, centrifuges, storage freezers, as well as thermal cyclers and a multiplex quantitative PCR cycler), incubators and constant temperature rooms for cloning, as well as access to super-computers. Current research includes; biodiversity and biogeography studies, microbial ecology, holobiont interactions, and environmental DNA for biodiversity monitoring.


Members of the Centre have access to a dedicated microscopy laboratory, with Leica imaging software and super-computer facilities available.  With multiple compound and dissecting microscopes available (all with digital camera attachment capabilities), a variety of taxonomic and anatomical research is currently being undertaken using this facility.

Spatial modelling software & GIS

We own an institutional license of ESRI ArcGIS geographical information software for the display and modelling of geo-referenced data and 2 floating research licenses of the state of the art geostatistical modelling software Isatis which is customised software for the estimation and simulation of data in 2- and 3-dimensional space.  Software is directly accessible through super-computer facilities, allowing large and complex analyses to be undertaken.

Chemical analytics

The Analytical Facility can routinely analyse for targeted and untargeted polar and non-polar organic molecules, as well as trace elements (metals and heavy metals), inorganic ions, nutrients and physical-chemical bulk parameters, stable isotopes in a range of complex matrices across several multidisciplinary areas of research. This analysis is made possible by modern sophisticated and state-of-the-art instrumentation which include high resolution liquid and gas chromatography mass spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, isotope ratio mass spectrometry.

Field equipment

The School of Science Building at Joondalup has direct access to boats, four-wheel drive vehicles, and canoes in a compound, with field preparation rooms for processing samples, and for surveying and sampling equipment.

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