Aquatic ecology

aquatic ecology services - DPM envirosciencesAt DPM Envirosciences, we have the expertise, equipment and approvals required to ensure best practice aquatic ecology services.

Key services include:

Stream health assessment / macroinvertebrate sampling

  • Study design and sampling by an AusRivAS accredited ecologist
  • Data analysis using univariate and multivariate techniques (AusRivAS OE50, SIGNAL2, richness, EPT, ANOSIM, nMDS and SIMPER)

Water and sediment quality sampling

  • Physico-chemical water quality measurements (EC, pH, DO, temperature, turbidity)
  • Surface water and groundwater sampling, including QA/QC in accordance with Australian Standards
  • Sediment sampling using coring, grab techniques or direct collection, including QA/QC in accordance with Australian Standards
  • Analytical results interpretation in the context of relevant environmental values, including comparison against relevant guidelines, background data sets and 20:80 percentiles

Fish survey for biodiversity studies

  • Backpack electrofishing by a Senior Operator in accordance with the Australian Code of Electrofishing Practice
  • Netting using active (seine netting) and passive techniques (fyke nets, bait traps and mesh nets)

Turtle survey

  • Netting (fyke nets and cathedral traps)
  • Snorkeling surveys
  • Nest surveys

Platypus survey

  • Netting (fyke nets)
  • Habitat assessment, including bank soils characterisation

Stygofauna assessment

  • Desktop suitability assessment
  • Stygofauna sampling
  • Impact assessment

Ecotoxicology studies

  • Contaminant bioaccumulation studies using benthic organisms, oysters and fishes

Flora survey for biodiversity studies

  • Species identification and abundance measures of submerged, emergent, floating and bank vegetation
  • Ground-truthing Regional Ecosystems mapping and health assessment of riparian vegetation
  • Aquatic weed inventories and management plans


  • Receiving Environment Monitoring Programs
  • Baseline Aquatic Ecology Studies
  • Aquatic Ecological Impact Assessment
  • Aquatic Values Management Plans
  • Ramsar site ecological characterisation
  • Impact assessment reports

To find out more, please get in touch.