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Experimental Aquatic Flumes

Experimental research flumes in action at the JMR.

Photo courtesy of Ross Thompson - Researcher and teacher in ecology and animal diversity at Monash University, 2005-2013.


From 2008 to 2012, four recirculating flumes were in place at the JMR. They were the biggest recirculating flumes in the Southern Hemisphere and the only replicate set to be used in climate change experiments. The School of Biological Sciences identified the flumes as potential facilities for opportunities in the investigations of human impacts on freshwater communities, particularly in the areas of climate change and ecotoxicology. Several departments have used the flumes for a range of projects including researchers from Engineering, Chemistry and Biological Sciences.

Check out some of the research papers that came out of these experiments;
2017       Sardiña, P., Beardall, J., Beringer, J., Grace, M. and Thompson, R.M. Consequences of altered temperature regimes for emerging freshwater invertebrates. Aquatic Sciences 79: 265-276 PDF
2015       Sardiña, P., Beringer, J., Roche, D. and Thompson, R.M. Temperature influences species interactions shifts between a native and a globally invasive freshwater snail. Freshwater Sciences 34: 933-941. PDF
2013       Thompson, R.M., Beardall, J., Beringer, J., Grace, M., and Sardina, P. Means and extremes: building variability into community-level climate change experiments. Ecology Letters 16: 799-806. PDF