Water Quality Guidelines Workshop in Brisbane

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australia (SETAC-AU) has recently hosted a series of Water Quality Guidelines workshops with the support of the Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association (ACLCA). Key authors of the revised Australian and New Zealand Governments Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality (ANZG 2018, http://www.waterquality.gov.au/anz-guidelines) presented at the workshops. As…

SSSI Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Seminar, Perth

Hydrobiology recently attended the ‘Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute’ (SSSI) Seminar on ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and other Technological Considerations’ in Perth. Highlights included the use of ‘Augmented Reality’ to assess rock face stability, Landgate’s Urban Monitor Project from which local councils can count and, in some instances, identify species of woody trees and the development of…

Indigenous Mapping Workshop- Perth, WA

  Hydrobiology’s own James Keating- Project Manager, Marine and Coastal Sciences attended the Indigenous Mapping Workshop in Perth this week, where he presented a workshop on the application of satellite imaging and remote sensing to estimate the severity and area of fire scars. The feedback, knowledge and stories provided by the attendees and the practical…

Hydrobiology Author IESC Explanatory Note

  Hydrobiology have authored an Information Guidelines Explanatory Note titled – “Deriving site-specific guideline values for physico-chemical parameters and toxicants” for the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (IESC). The explanatory note introduces the use of a water and sediment quality management framework to assist with the design…

Marine eDNA

Hydrobiology is currently implementing environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling in marine environments. This method of sampling is a very effective and non-invasive way, to detect the presence of a wide variety of marine life. During a recent survey in Brazil, we encountered a marine turtle while performing eDNA sampling!  

The Crystal Ball – A timeless Tool of the Trade

Hydrobiology recently came across a ‘Campbell-Stokes Sunshine Recorder’ located at one of our Client’s weather station sites. A device which is not so commonly used these days, although great to see; the Campbell-Stokes Sunshine Recorder was designed over a century and a half ago! These intriguing devices record daily sunshine hours, by focusing sunlight on a…

eDNA sampling

Hydrobiology has adopted environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling for a number of projects in recent years. We are currently undertaking eDNA sampling in Brazil using our purpose-made Smith-Root backpack. A few litres of water provide enough information to determine resident fish species via the latest trace DNA testing methods. This quick tool informs biomonitoring programs and is…

Commencement of Waterbody Risk Profile Project for Logan City Council

Hydrobiology is excited to be working with Logan City Council (LCC) on the ‘Waterbody Risk Profile Project’. The project aims to identify the risk of a waterbody becoming eutrophic and being susceptible to harmful algae blooms, fish kills, bird deaths and human health risks. The multi-criteria eutrophication assessment tool, will be designed using a weight-of-evidence…