Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF)

Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology

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Researcher looking for fauna with binoculars

SERF is a living laboratory for research and educational experiences for our researchers, students and visitors. Managed by the Institute for Future Environments (IFE), the 51-hectare property is located in the Samford Valley, 25-minutes northwest of QUT's Gardens Point campus. The facility is a base for our research, teaching and learning in a range of ecological, engineering, built environment and educational programs relating to urban development, and its impact on ecosystems.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Vegetation and water studies
  • Flora and fauna studieS
  • Cadastral and topographical surveys
  • Social impact assessments
  • Built environment projects
  • Greenhouse gas monitoring
  • Acoustic sensors

Facilities and major equipment

  • Greenhouse gas measuring chamber
  • Acoustic sensors
  • Flux station
  • Water quality monitoring

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


148 Camp Mountain Road , 148 Camp Mountain Road , Camp Mountain QLD 4520

Lead researcher

  • Professor Peter Grace—Coordinator of the Australia national nitrous oxide (in agriculture) research program

Achievements of the centre

  • SEQ Peri-urban Supersite of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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