My name is Peter Jones, I’m a senior technical officer here at UTS, I’ve been here since 1976 and still loving it.
The facility has come together over the last few years by combining a few faculties together, in the last few years we’ve had a number of upgrades to our facilities and buildings, in fact this building that we’re in now was only refurbished seven years ago and we’re about to go into a new building next year.
The teaching that we do here at Environmental Sciences is both in an aquatic area and also in a terrestrial area, and we do field work and laboratory work as well.
We do a really wide range of research here in environmental sciences. We do focus in two main areas – we have the climate change cluster, which looks at marine sciences and plus the terrestrial environment, and the other one is our environmental sustainability.
Quite a number of our laboratories are PC2, or quarantine accredited. This accreditation is not only good for our students and staff, but it allows industry to come in and use our labs at their professional standard.
One of the reasons I love working here is that we have so much amazing equipment, and I’d like to take you through some of that. In the terrestrial environment we have some Edico Variance towers. Our Edico Variance towers are located in Central Australia and they’re about twelve metres high and along them have a whole lot of sensors, and these censors determine how much CO2 and water vapour moves through the environment. We also have the Picaro instrument, which we measure C13 content in both leaves and wood.
At the moment we are putting together a continental wide inventory of the C13 contents. This will be able to tell us about the variability of water content and photosynthesis across Australia. This is incredibly important for the management of groundwater and natural resources.
One of the most interesting and emerging areas we’re getting into here at UTS is remote sensing and ecological modelling. This technology allows us to measure landscape scale parameters and also helps us to determine the impacts of climate change.
One of the coolest instruments we’ve got is the ASD spectro-radiometer, which measures spectro information across the landscape for plants, water and soil. The measurements can be made remotely by mounting the instrument on the tower or in aircraft or on drones or even carried across the field by hand.
I’ve been at UTS but it’s been really exciting, we have fantastic facilities, and wonderful people working here, and we’d really love to hear from anybody who’d like to collaborate with us.
The Elemental Bio-Imaging facility (EBiF) is a world-class multidisciplinary facility, unique in Australia. By combining research expertise in analytical chemistry, physics and clinical and biological sciences, we have established an international reputation for state of the art bio-imaging solutions for solving complex analytical and biological research questions.
It is the only dedicated facility in the world for imaging of trace elements by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Our fully equipped facilities and world-recognised expertise enable us to continuously break new ground in research and to develop innovative analysis solutions to meet the needs of our collaborators, clients and industry partners.
The facility is part of the Chemical Technologies Facility which carry resources of specialised equipment and instruments in analytical chemistry, materials science and forensics. The laboratories service fee paying customers, academics and students for research, teaching and training.
Professor Philip Doble
Director, Elemental Bio-Imaging Facility
Phone: +61 2 9514 1792