Facilities and Location

Facilities and Location

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One of the advantages of studying and researching environmental sciences at Macquarie University is that it occurs within our unique North Ryde campus location. Set in its own diverse ecosystem, our green fields campus site enables many of our students and researchers to participate and experience natural processes and observations on campus.

Our facilities

Our dynamic and dedicated academics and research students study and teach the interactions between the physical, biological and human environments. With the integrated use of fieldwork, laboratory work and spatial information science, our research and teaching programs provide a firm base in all scientific aspects of the environment, alongside an understanding of environmental management. Our research staff are also our teaching staff, and we place a strong emphasis on practical learning and experience. We house several state-of-the-art laboratories, some of these include:

Environmental Quality Laboratory

Located in Lab 1 in Building EMC2, the Environmental Quality Laboratory is used primarily for the structural and elemental analysis of soils, sediments, rocks, artefacts and other materials. The Lab also hosts three Hach spectrophotometers, soil hydraulics equipment (UMS Ksat, Darcy boxes) and a range of other equipment for materials analysis.

Find out more about the Environmental Quality Laboratory.

Sediment Analysis Laboratory

The Sediment Analysis Laboratory has a range of spaces and equipment to process sediment and biological samples ready for analysis.

The Sediment Analysis Laboratory facilitates:

  • drying and weighing samples
  • wet and dry sieving
  • ultrasonic bath and end-over-end mixers
  • chemical treatment of samples in preparation for geochemical or particle size analysis, including a fume cupboard
  • a Malvern Mastersizer 2000 laser particle sizer uses laser diffraction “MIE theory” to look at particles in the 0.04 micron to 2000 micron range
  • Micromeritics Sedigraph particle size analyser uses an X-ray sedimentation process to look at particles from 0.01micron to 30o micron.
  • settling tube (for sand size analysis)
  • Olympus dissecting stereo-microscopes
  • petrological microscope.

Also available within the Sediment Analysis Laboratory:

  • a cold-storage room for wet sediment samples prior to processing
  • quarantine laboratory and a AQIS approved quarantine storage room
  • sample storage areas
  • field equipment store.

If you wish to use the laboratory or its equipment, please contact facilities manager Russell Field or Dr Paul Hesse.

The Sediment Analysis Laboratory is located at E5A Level 0.

‘Traps’ MQ Luminescence Dating Facility

The ‘Traps’ MQ Luminescence Dating Facility was opened in 2010 and represents the only luminescence dating facility in Sydney servicing institutions in the wider metropolitan region including UTS, UNSW and UNE.

The facility, run by Kira Westaway, contains a fully equipped wet room preparation area and dry instrument room containing two ‘Riso’ automated luminescence readers (one with single-grain capabilities and the other with a red TL setup), a low-level beta GM multicounter and two Daybreak thick-source alpha counters all within subdued red light conditions.

It is not a commercial facility but supports Macquarie staff, students, HDR research and external collaborations. Please contact Kira Westaway for further details.

Climate Science Laboratory

This laboratory supports analytical and monitoring equipment associated with research and teaching in atmospheric and climate science generally, and in particular atmospheric mercury, air pollution and air quality, aerobiology, boundary layer meteorology, and urban climate.

We look at the measurement and modelling of the air-surface exchange of trace gases and particulates. We endeavour to further our understanding of the biogeochemical cycles related to these global environmental issues.

Other areas of interest include:

  • trace emissions from coal combustion, with a particular emphasis on mercury;
  • motor vehicle emissions, particularly associated with alternate fuels and improved fuel quality;
  • sources and atmospheric chemistry of volatile organic compounds; and
  • interactions between air pollutants and global climate processes.

It is not a commercial facility but supports Macquarie staff, students, HDR research and external collaborations. Please contact Kaushal Tewari for further details.

Automatic Weather Station

Visit the Automatic Weather Station website - Please note, our weather station is currently under maintenance.

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