Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Unit (ECMU)

Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Unit (ECMU) comprises an interlocking suite of expertise, services, and laboratory capabilities. We provide options for research and consultancy that are of unique benefit to agencies and industry operating in northern Australia.

[Focus]  [Capabilities]  [Contacts]  [References]


Focus

ECMU Focus ChartThe ECMU focus areas for research and consultancy include:

Processes

Microbiol of tidal creeks (L-P)

  • Community structure
  • N & C-cycle processes
  • N & C istope chemistry
  • Water budget

 

Microbiology of WTPs

  • Community structure
  • N processes

Interactions

Sponge holobiont

  • Community compositon
  • N-cycle function

Sponge-metal interactions

  • Mo in H. phakellioides

Water Quality

  • In shore bacteria assessment
  • Microbial function in sediments
  • Biomarkers in frogs

Monitoring

Healthy Marine Harvest

  • Bacterial indicators
  • Metals

Sediment survey

  • Metals
  • 15N in biota

Key Service contacts

Existing and prospective clients are welcome to contact us at any time to discuss research and consultancy matters.

New consultancy:

Office:


Laboratory capabilities

We conduct projects across the full range of environments: marine, freshwater and terrestrial but specialise in metal and nutrient analyses.

The ECMU provides advanced analytical services some of which are not available elsewhere in the Northern Territory. Facilities include:

  • ICPMS with 213nm Laser Ablation and ICPAES for elemental analysis. DGT for metal speciation
  • Scanning Electron Microscope with X-ray EDS for imaging and microanalysis
  • FIA for nutrient analysis
  • Full range of field equipment for sampling and in-situ monitoring of pH, EC, Temp, DO and Turbidity.

ECMU capabilities


References

Following is a selection of our clients and projects to illustrate the scope and nature of our work.

Client Project title Type of work
ECMU references
Xstrata McArthur River Mine Monthly Seawater analysis Samples collected by MRM, analysed and reported by EACU
Rio Tinto Alcan Gove/Pacific Aluminium Marine Health Monitoring Program  
NT Govt Dept of Health (Environmental Branch) Do Frogs Host Faecal Bacteria Typically Associated with Humans?  

 

Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Unit (ECMU)

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