Explore the research that is possible in our laboratory.

The Griffith Sea Jellies Research Lab is equipped with a range of capabilities and equipment.

Aquaria for housing medusae and polyps

The laboratory is equipped with specialised aquaria for studying medusae (kreisel tanks) and polyps. All kreisels have individual sumps and filtration systems and, therefore, are completely independent.

The following tanks are available:

  • 16 x Large kreisels (650 mm X 650 mm x 400 mm)
  • 16 x Medium kreisels (500 x 500 x 400 mm)
  • 16 x Small kreisels (300 x 300 x 150 mm)
  • 2 x water tables for experiments on polyps and ephyrae (equipped with chillers)

Gas manipulation system for experiments on ocean acidification and hypoxia

Our series of mass flow controllers allow us to mix any combination of nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide, thereby creating any ocean acidification or hypoxia scenario required. We can manipulate gases in the kreisels for experiments on medusae or we can work on smaller scales for experiments on polyps. Our
system enables us to program diel variation in gas mixtures, thereby creating the most realistic experimental conditions.

Additional facilities available

  • ‘Mini PAM’ fluorometer for measuring photosynthetic properties
  • Fibre-optic oxygen meter (PyroScience FireStingO2) – allows us to measure respiration rates of individual polyps and medusae
  • Compound and stereo microscopes equipped with cameras
  • Fume hood
  • Drying oven
  • Analytical balance
  • Total Alkalinity Titrator

Are you interested in collaborating or joining our research team?

The Griffith Sea Jellies Research Lab is always keen to pursue new collaborations. If you are interested in collaborating or undertaking your PhD or honours research with us then please contact Associate Professor Kylie Pitt.

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