About Us

What is CAPIM?

CAPIM is a consortium of world class researchers from The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Water, DPI (Vic), RMIT, and EPA (Vic). CAPIM creates a multidisciplinary research team to address the complicated issue of understanding the impact of pollution on the aquatic environment.

Our primary research location is at the The University of Melbourne’s Bio 21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute) with additional nodes at The University of Melbourne Department of Zoology and School of Chemistry, DPI Queenscliff and Werribee and RMIT University Bundoora. CAPIM has six  major research streams across freshwater and estuarine environments currently employing 13 full time staff, and running nine postgraduate projects.

CAPIM’s vision is to improve and secure aquatic ecosystem health by developing innovative approaches to pollution detection in inland waters and estuaries, and working with environmental management practitioners to reduce pollution impacts.

CAPIM participates in Victorian state locust control program

The threat of a locust plague devastating Victorian crops this spring has been well-publicised and had a high profile in Melbourne and regional media. Locust egg beds, some of which are tens of square kilometres in area, have been identified over a huge area of Victoria, from west of Mildura to east of Echuca, and down as far as Horsham in the south. This in turn has brought about a State Government action plan involving a coordinated response between Government and private landholders to mitigate the impact of locusts on private and public land.

The Department of Primary Industries Victoria has launched a program monitoring the environmental effects of spraying, and CAPIM will be participating in a joint project involving, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, the biodiversity research base for the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) in Victoria and EPA (Victoria) to monitor freshwater impacts.

CAPIM’s Objectives:

  • To become Australia’s pre-eminent aquatic pollution identification, research and management centre.
  • To develop cost-effective, integrated waterway and estuary monitoring tools.
  • To provide a forum for the transfer of integrated water pollutant information and knowledge

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.