Facilities in the Department of Biosciences
The Department of Biosciences provides access to an extensive range of specialist facilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. These include: Research and IT laboratories; Constant temperature rooms; Growth rooms; Aquaria; Greenhouses; Zoology Museum; A custom-designed 12.5m coastal research vessel, RV Noctiluca.
Specialist Research Training Facilities
CSAR Aquatic Research Facility (ERDF/SRIF-funded; 2005) consisting of 750m2 of controlled environment laboratories, with programmable recirculating aquatic systems, unique within the UK’s higher-education sector. These are tailored for research on a diverse range of organisms, ranging from temperate to tropical and marine to freshwater. Coupled with this are nutrient and biochemical analytical capabilities.
SLAM Visualisation Suite (Royal Society Wolfson Laboratory–funded; £1.35M; 2013), incorporating an electronic wall (1.5 X 4 m) linked to a computer-tesla cluster for high-speed processing and visualisation of complex accelerometry and magnetometry data derived from animals. Coupled with this facility is the Electronics Lab with capacity for research, development and realisation of animal tags with new capacities (sensors, energy-harvesting systems, miniaturization, 3-D printing of housings etc.).
Coastal research vessel, RV Noctiluca (JREI funded, originally commissioned in 2001), a 12.5 metre, diesel-powered catamaran equipped with the latest navigation aids enabling offshore operations for several days. The vessel is engaged in a wide range of scientific tasks, from hydrographic assessment to trawling and other forms of bottom sampling.
*Photography by James Kenning