UWA’s WA Biogeochemistry Centre is a stable isotope facility providing analytical capacity for the ecological sustainability of natural ecosystems and their response to disturbance and environmental change.

With environmental and geoscience applications in both terrestrial and marine environments, the Centre supports industry decision making on water management, life of mine planning, and assessment of mining impacts on the ecology and functioning of mining environments.

“We support resource companies to work towards identifying the tolerance of an ecosystem to disturbance, and capacity of those systems to recover,” says Dr Pauline Grierson.

“We collaborate to assess the relative dependency of ecosystems on groundwater versus soil and surface water, and on the likely impacts of altered hydrology – especially due to dewatering.”