Victorian Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management

The Victorian Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM) conducts its primary research at Bio21 Institute. CAPIM  is a consortium of world class researchers from The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Water, the Victorian Department of Primary Industry (DPI), RMIT, and the Victorian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The centre's multidisciplinary research team aims to address the complicated issue of understanding the impact of pollution on our aquatic environment. Additional CAPIM nodes are located at The University of Melbourne Department of Zoology and School of Chemistry, DPI Queenscliff and Werribee, and RMIT University Bundoora.

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'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 funded by The Victorian Science Agenda Investment Fund managed by the Department of Innovation Industry and Regional Development with partner funding contributed by Melbourne Water, the DPI and the EPA.

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.

The CAPIM team is: 

  • Dr Vincent Pettigrove - CEO
  • Prof Ary Hoffmann - Research Director 

 Research Team Leaders

  • Prof Mick Keough - Estuarine monitoring
  • Assoc Prof Steve Swearer - Estuarine Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC)
  • Prof. Dayanthi Nugegoda - Freshwater Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC)
  • Assoc. Prof Spas Kolev Novel Chemistry Research (Analytical methods and Probes)
  • Dr Graeme Allinson Emerging Micropollutants.

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CAPIM - Dr Vin Pettigrove 

Dr Vincent Pettigrove (centre) CAPIM CEO & Leader - Freshwater Research Program

Professor Ary Hoffmann 

Professor Ary Hoffmann CAPIM Research Director & Leader - Biomarker Research Program

CAPIM Werribee 

Sampling at Werribee

CAPIM Inland Waterways 

Monitoring inland waterways

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T: 613-9035 7742

 

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