Aquatic Research Facility
The facility will allow students, staff and project partners associated with the University of Derby to answer real world issues associated with marine and freshwater systems. This allows us to design studies with a high level of replication, ensuring any findings are valid and robust and can then be utilised by zoos, aquariums and conservationists for developing management strategies aimed at improving welfare and husbandry for a wide variety of different organisms around the world. This is coupled with the work undertaken in our project partners institutions with allows our students and staff to work on larger organisms as well, such as otters and penguins for example.
Current research projects:
- Effect of increases in sea surface temperature on hetertrophic feeding rates of reef building corals
- The role of protein in tadpole development and the reduction of spindly leg syndrome
- Bioremediation of eutrophic freshwater systems with freshwater mussels
- Male and female mate choice in the Malawi cichlid
Watch Dr Michael Sweet's lecture on 'Tackling research in zoos and aquariums'.