Aquatic Resources Centre

£12 million has been invested in the new Aquatic Resources Centre.

The Aquatic Resources Centre

Around £12million has been invested to provide state-of-the-art aquarium facilities. This world-class teaching and research complex feature a 14 aquaria rooms housing 600 experimental tanks and seven preparative and analytical labs, to maintain and observe a wide range of aquatic organisms, principally fish.

These are supported by seven preparation and laboratory rooms that contain specialist microscopes, cameras, and video and imaging equipment that help analyse development, physiology and behaviour.

A new reception area has also been established, serving not only as a small seminar room but also housing units to control the type and temperature of water and air-flow to the various tanks. These systems ensure temperature control to within 1ºC and 2ºC for the water and air, respectively. The water is treated via reverse osmosis to remove all salts and possible contaminants.

These enhanced, modern facilities encourage a wide range of research spanning basic biology, how chemicals effect aquatic organisms and ocean acidification.

The new aquarium also houses a Wolfson Foundation funded imaging unit, used principally for studies on embryogenesis.

Find out more about the facilities and research activities within the Aquatic Resources Centre.

Our fantastic new facilities means we can observe how aquatic organisms live, grow and adapt in any environment in the world. We can look at life forms at a cellular level and sequence DNA. We can move a step closer to finding cures to some of the world’s most significant diseases, by understanding how pathogens operate. Together, these new facilities will teach us much about life on Earth and how we and other species are being affected by disease, pollution and climate change.

Charles Tyler, Professor in Environmental Biology