Departmental Infrastructure and Facilities

Hagen Aqualab 

The Hagen Aqualab is a technologically advanced aquatic research facility. This facility was initially approved for use in January 1996 when the first research project began and is operated primarily by the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph. The Aqualab utilizes recirculation systems to maintain water quality and is a state of the art research facility that is designed with flexibility in mind. The systems were designed to accommodate research projects of moderate size, this facility was not designed for large scale production experiments. The facility uses up to 70% re-circulated water in the experimental rooms and 95% re-circulated water in the general holding room. Aqualab was designed for a wide variety of aquatic related activities such as embryology, physiology, behaviour, toxicology, parasitology, disease and genetics.

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The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario

The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to improving the understanding of biodiversity at all scales, from the genetic to the macroecological. Based at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, BIO is host to more than 30 university faculty and their research groups representing a wide range of biological expertise. BIO also includes specialized support staff and unique research and outreach capabilities designed to foster both academic research and public outreach.

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Advanced Analysis Centre

Current Use

The Advanced Analysis Centre (AAC) provides modern, centralized advanced analysis capabilities for the University of Guelph including facilities for Genomics, Electron Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy, Mass Spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

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The University of Guelph Herbarium


The University of Guelph Herbarium is one of 2,639 herbaria found in 145 countries. Canada is ranked 13th with 110 herbaria and the United States has the most with 628. Our herbarium has 80,000 specimens which have been collected from all over the world. To put this number into perspective, the two largest herbaria in the world are in Paris, France and Kew, England with 8,877,300 and 6,000,000 specimens respectively.

Current Use

Specimens in the University of Guelph Herbarium are arranged in a manner to reflect their evolutionary associations. This is helpful when identifying an unknown plant, especially if it is from an unfamiliar flora, because one can get close to a possible family by using a key and then proceed to the collection and search through related species to see if they resemble your unknown.

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The University of Guelph Phytotron

The University of Guelph Phytotron is located on the roof of the Science Complex and serves as the primary plant growth facility for faculty, staff and students in the College of Biological Sciences. The goal of the University of Guelph Phytotron is to provide and maintain controlled environment space necessary for research and teaching.

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Algonquin Wildlife Research Station

The Algonquin Park Wildlife Research Station, or WRS. The Wildlife Research station has been the site of leading-edge research on wildlife (both game and non-game) within the park for over half a century.



The Huntsman Marine Science Centre

The Huntsman Marine Science Centre (HMSC) is a unique independent not-for-profit scientific institution; with a mission of education, research, and technology transfer to industry. Located near the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, in eastern Canada, the HMSC is perfectly positioned to access one of the world's most biologically diverse marine ecosystems.

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