CAPIM is dedicated to providing innovative solutions
for improving the health of waterways and aquatic ecosystems.
The Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM) incorporates a multidisciplinary research team, to address the impact of pollution on waterways and ecosystems. We also identify strategies to reduce risks to the community and the environment.
CAPIM's goal is to improve aquatic ecosystem health by developing innovative approaches to pollution detection for inland waters and estuaries, and working with environmental management practitioners to reduce pollution impacts.
Since our establishment in January 2010, we have developed a number of pollution detection technologies in order to detect acute pollution events, especially in storm water drains; detect pesticides and endocrine disrupting chemicals, and; monitor water sediment quality.
In order to assess pollution and its affects upon aquatic ecosystems, CAPIM engages in ecotoxicology, biomarkers, fish histology, metabolomics, field based microcosms in freshwaters and estuaries, animal morphology, animal behaviour, contaminants in fish.
CAPIM is about real improvements to the environment through:
- Multidisciplinary and collaborative science between agencies and education institutes, with strong links to environmental management agencies.
- High quality "forensic" science to identify pollution impacts;
- developing novel pollution identification technologies for inland waterways and estuaries.
- developing cost-effective, integrated waterway and estuary monitoring tools.
- Providing a forum for the transfer of integrated water pollutant information and knowledge between agencies.
Who is involved in CAPIM?
CAPIM is based at The University of Melbourne and operates in partnership with Melbourne Water, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Environment Protection Authority (EPA Victoria).
Our primary research location is at the Department of Zoology, within The University of Melbourne. Additional nodes are located at the Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute), School of Chemistry, DPI Queenscliff, and RMIT Bundoora.