Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (CMLR)

The Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland

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Two researchers working at a mine rehabilitation site

The Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (CMLR) is a research centre that addresses the environmental challenges of the minerals industry with quality science. Building on the strengths of the diverse backgrounds and disciplines of its staff and students, the CMLR team translates scientific results into practices that continually improve mine rehabilitation outcomes. Working with industry, governments and communities, CMLR contributes to leading-practice environmental management in mining.

Website http://www.cmlr.uq.edu.au

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Ecological engineering of soil-plant systems
  • Seed biology
  • Soil physics and chemistry
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Fauna ecology
  • Spacial ecology, remote sensing and UAVs
  • Metallophytes and phytomining
  • Life cycles of mines and metals
  • Water, sediment and metals chemistry

Facilities and major equipment

  • Soil and water chemistry laboratory
  • Ecology, microbiology and seed biology laboratory
  • Geohydrology and soil physics laboratory
  • Custom UAV systems (fixed-wing and rotor)
  • Herbarium and Herbarium sample digitisation system
  • Custom plant growth chamber
  • Rainfall simulator
  • Weather stations
  • Soil condition monitoring station with tensiometers

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff


The Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, Sir James Foots Building (47A), St Lucia QLD 4072

Lead researcher

  • Professor David Mulligan—Involvement at various levels with more than 100 research projects and grants across Australia and overseas.

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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