Sam's research project focus on multi-trophic aquaponics in urban developments in collaboration with Powell Dobson architects. Sam is investigating the using of organic waste to produce microalgae, to improve the health of the fish and make aquaculture feed more sustainable. As well as helping to design an innovative system that will meet the needs of the residents, be cost-effective and efficient.
Ben's experiment aims to determine if improvements to the maternal microbiome and immunity of Zebrafish caused by supplementing the diet with microalgae oil, will be passed on to the offspring. He will also examine the effects of routine egg disinfection on the presence and diversity of embryo microbiota.
Georgia investigated the metabolite profile of red algae, Porphyridium purpureum. The aim was to use different metabolomic techniques to determine the change in metabolite production under UVA/UVB stress conditions and identify potential useful products that can be utilised in industrial biotechnology.
Megan's multi-faceted project is looking at the transgenerational, morphological and behavioural effects of partly supplementing normal zebrafish feed with microalgae, as well as investigating the effects from increasing the amount of physical activity the fish experience.
Hannah looked at improving the captive breeding of the endangered freshwater pearl mussel for her MSc research project. The optimal diet for rearing juvenile freshwater pearl mussels in captivity is unknown, so Hannah was investigating the best diet for growth and survival of juveniles.
Supervisor: Dr Gethin Thomas