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
Aquatic research projects can make use of a custom-designed £12.5 million coastal research vessel, the RV Noctiluca, and our RCUK recognised Major Research Facility, the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR). This £2 million unique research facility includes a 750 m2 controlled environment building, plus separate primary quarantine facilities, ozone-sterilised water intake and discharge, centralised 12-27oC programmable air and water supply freshwater to full strength seawater, as well as programmable light intensity and photoperiod regimes. .
Research students with spatiotemporal data (of behaviour, movement, or population dynamics, for example) can make use of the newly built £1.35 million Swansea Lab for Animal Movement (SLAM) which incorporates an electronic wall (3x4 m) linked to a computer cluster for high speed processing and visualisation of movement data. SLAM also designs and produces state-of-the-art animal tags to study how organisms move and interact with their environment.
Research projects with a more theoretical/mathematical nature can make use of advanced university computing facilities that includes high-end graphics workstations, high-speed network links and the Blue Ice supercomputer located at the Mike Barnsley Centre for Climatic Change Research (Pembrokeshire). Extensive software packages include both in-house developed and 'off-the-shelf' commercial packages.
Lab-based projects can be undertaken in one of several dedicated Bioscience labs housed within our grade 2 listed Wallace Building which have been the subject a recent £4.2 million renovation programme and now provide world-class research facilities that includes specialist molecular ecology lab and a dedicated arthropod facility.
*Photography by James Kenning