• Gudai-Darri Wildlife Monitoring
  • Lake Mackay Sulphate of Potash Project
  • Cone Bay Infauna Sampling
  • Abu Dhabi Aquaculture Site Selection Project

Aquatic & Subterranean Ecology

Protecting Australia’s rich biodiversity

Our community development, water, and mining sector clients benefit from our collective experience in delivering sustainable and environmentally sound solutions—we endeavour to take care of our ecosystems so they can thrive for generations to come. 

Your play places are our workplaces where our experts examine freshwater, saline, marine, estuarine and coastal ecosystems. Using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and imaging software, our in-house technical experts provide ongoing monitoring services, database services, and statistical analysis packages to deliver environmentally-sound, cost-effective, and practical assessments for our clients.

Our biologists, ecologists, and taxonomists recognise the importance of leaving the natural world healthier than we found it, which is why each personalised solution we design not only aligns to the state and federal regulatory framework, but is sustainable, regenerative, and maintains the vitality of the natural lifeforce—from stygofauna, fauna that live in the groundwater, to crustaceans and insects, they all have an important role to play.

Our natural resources are our lifeforce

With ongoing monitoring, we’ve developed extensive databases which inform our current systems. Identifying rare species is all in a day’s work for us. Our services include monitoring, management, and ecosystem mapping. Our research informs our models and next steps. After documenting and determining potential impacts, we develop a personalised, cost-effective, and sustainable solution while protecting our precious ecosystems.

Detecting species without capturing them

Every living organism, through biological processes such as breathing, leave traces of their presence—something we can look for. Our team of experts have been on the forefront of developing and using environmental DNA, also known as eDNA, to research and monitor various species which inhabit our places of interest. You can’t protect what you can’t detect. Using eDNA we can discover which species are present without capturing them—a game changer for our researchers.

Providing temporary accommodation to protect our endangered White’s seahorse

Along Australia’s east coast, the White’s seahorse live amongst sponge gardens, seagrass meadows, soft corals, and more recently, artificial habitats called “seahorse hotels.” Driven by a new industry requirement, our Aquatic Ecology team has the appropriate permits, skills, and experience to deliver an end-to-end management service—including the necessary installment of seahorse hotels, which are being used to help recover population and habitat and reduce the threat of extinction to these species. Read More

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