The aquatic laboratories in the department have room for over 6000 tanks in both warm and cold water and offer unique possibilities for artificial selection experiments and the study of behavior in 8 separate rooms for undisturbed behavioural studies.

We have a unique set-up for the automatic individual tracking of large groups of fishes in 2D and 3D equipment, facilitating a wide range of experiments. Our novel system for reversal learning consists of 120 custom made experimental tanks that enables us to test multiple hypotheses concerning animal cognition in small fish. To link metabolic rate with behaviours we have a state-of-the-art respirometry analysis system. We also have a computer-assisted sperm-analysis (CASA) system, similar to what is used in human fertility clinics to assess male fertility, to analyze postcopulatory sexual selection mechanisms and link sexual behaviours with sperm performance. Many of our projects include dissections of various organs to understand the mechanistic background to behavioural variation. Due to this we have multiple set-ups for dissections and world leading skills in brain dissection of fish.

Photo: Simon Eckerström Liedholm