What sort of research do we do?
Since opening in 1998, the National Marine Aquarium has hosted over 120 research projects. The majority of these projects are animal-husbandry based (e.g. nutrition, animal behaviour, water quality analysis), reflecting our interests in keeping our animals in the best possible conditions. Research interests, however have evolved and expanded over the years and now encompass a range of additional topics, including:
- public attitudes to marine issues/sustainability
- the impacts of informal learning programmes
- aquariums and human health
- citizen science
- ocean literacy
Most of our research efforts have been focused on conservation but as the Aquarium has developed so have our ambitions.