The facilities of the Aquatic Biology Learning Center provide research opportunities for Jonathan Baskin and his students. The Experimental Stream Research Exhibit (a “Ferguson Flume”), set up to simulate a flowing river current, is designed with all six sides, including the bottom, transparent, so that fishes can be viewed and photographed from all angles to record the experimental results. Experiments will be designed to allow researchers (students and faculty) to modify conditions and test the responses of the fishes.
In addition, separate aquaria house sound-producing fishes and fishes that use electric fields to sense their surroundings. Instrumentation allows researchers to record sounds and electric fields as conditions are varied, to better understand the role these play in the fishes’ ecology.