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Australian Rivers Institute (ARI)

Researcher holding up a water sample

Griffith University

The Institute is a world leader in research and education on rivers, coasts and catchments. It brings together scientists and postgraduate students with expertise across a broad range of disciplines including aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, geomorphology, economics and law. ARI is also host to the new Sustainable Water Future Programme under Future Earth ( ARI aims to deliver world-class science that improves understanding of catchment, river, estuarine and coastal ecosystems. The Institute encourages a creative and collaborative environment that fosters the next generation of ecosystem scientists, and provides the knowledge to support sustainable use and conservation of the world’s natural resources. ARI's research supports governments, resource managers, the water industry and the community in making informed decisions about the future of catchment, river, estuarine and coastal ecosystems.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • River basin management and catchment planning
  • Spatial and predictive modelling
  • Aquatic ecology (freshwater & marine)
  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • Nutirent biochemistry and water quality
  • Water quality monitoring and assessment
  • Resource economics
  • Riparian restoration and wetland systems
  • Nutrient sediment management
  • Eco-toxicology

Facilities and major equipment

  • Stable isotope laboratory
  • Molecular ecology laboratory
  • Nutrient laboratory
  • Boats for inshore and nearshore research
  • Sediment tracing laboratory
  • Microbiology laboratory (with PC2 facility)
  • DNA and RNA handling facilities
  • Ecotoxicology laboratory
  • Smart Water facility

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


Room 4.27 Sir Samuel Griffith Building (N78), Griffith Univerity Nathan campus, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan, 4111

Lead researcher

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
3 June 2019