Water quality – denitrification & nutrient loads
Explore freshwater ecology and water quality through this project which questions whether the Hahndorf waste water treatment plant denitrification reduces the nutrient load.
Study freshwater ecology
Professor Justin Brookes leads a research group that conducts research in two main areas: water quality for human consumptions and water for the environment.
Change to land-use and modified hydrology has changed nutrient loading and biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems, including estuaries, lakes, rivers and wetlands. We study how plant and animal physiology; populations and community assemblages respond to changes in flow and biogeochemistry.
We are particularly interested in productivity and the transfer of material from one trophic level to another.
We conduct a lot of research in partnership with the water industry. This is particularly focussed on cyanobacteria and water quality in drinking water reservoirs.