The Aquatic Resources Centre

Over £12million has been invested in the Aquatic Resources Centre (ARC) to provide a world-class teaching and research facility.

With 14 aquaria rooms, including the recent addition of a 3000 tank zebrafish unit, the ARC houses a wide range of freshwater and marine species, each relevant to a series of specific research questions.

Indeed, research taking place within the ARC is incredibly wide-ranging and includes:

  • improving our understanding of how chemicals entering the environment affect aquatic organisms;
  • monitoring current and predicting future global impacts of ocean acidification and climate change;
  • assessing the impacts of anthropogenic noise pollution on aquatic ecosystems;
  • working towards sustainable aquaculture;
  • understanding biological systems including neuroscience;
  • studying aspects of human health, from modelling human disease processes through to drug development.

The facility is supported by a Wolfson Imaging Unit with specialist microscopes, video and imaging equipment, together with several preparation and laboratory rooms that contain automated respirometry, dosing and gas
control systems that allow for sophisticated developmental, physiological and behavioural research.

A computer-controlled water treatment plant with 12 recirculating and 7 flow-to-waste systems allows us to provide high quality water of the desired salinity and temperature, from 10 to 28°C (+/- 1°C). Each room also has its own dedicated building management system for air temperature control and independent day-night light cycles.

Our fantastic new facilities mean we can maintain and study a wide range of aquatic organisms to study how they live, grow and adapt in our ever changing world. The ARC brings together truly leading international scientists to help address some of the most pressing world issues relating to environmental pollution impacts, aquaculture development, the protection of freshwater and marine resources and, through the use of models such as the zebrafish, understanding some of the world’s most significant diseases, including those that affect our very own health.

Charles Tyler, Professor in Environmental Biology and Director of the ARC

The Aquatic Resources Centre offers a wonderful environment for students to work and learn. It offers them the chance to study everything from the humble shore crab to model species such as zebrafish, and tropical exotics. Students can work alongside world-leading scientists to address some of the biggest environmental and human health challenges that we face today. With the help of a dedicated aquatics team and a world-class facility, I am proud to be the Aquatics Resources Centre Manager.

Gregory Paull, Manager of the Aquatic Resources Centre