Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF)

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. The 51-hectare property is located in the Samford Valley, 25-minutes northwest of Brisbane. The facility is a base for research, teaching and learning in a range of ecological, engineering, built environments relating to urban development, and its impact on ecosystems.

Website https://www.qut.edu.au/research/why-qut/infrastructure/samford-ecological-research-facility

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

Up to 20 research staff

Address

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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