Research Facilities

There are several dedicated research facilities available to students at the Graduate School for the Environment.

There are no fewer than fifteen purpose-built glasshouse modules at Lancaster Environment Centre, where you can pursue a wide range of ecological and plant science research. We also have a total of sixteen controlled environment plant growth rooms and chambers at our Lancaster site, and a further four solar domes based at the Hazelrigg Weather Station. Back on campus you can also access a suite of ultraviolet radiation research facilities that can truly claim to be world-class.

Through Rothamsted Research, you can take advantage of over 1,000 square metres of glasshouse space and other controlled environments for plant growth, all run by our Horticultural and Controlled Environment Services Department. We also have an extraordinary insectary, where researchers can rear and study a wide range of indigenous and exotic insect species.

Researchers working in collaboration with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology can use facilities such as the Solardomes and Ozone Field Release System in Bangor and the controlled conditions of the GroDome in Wallingford. They can also conduct research into shallow lake ecosystems at our Aquatic Mesocosm Facility, and take advantage of the array of Terrestrial and Freshwater System facilities we run on behalf of NERC, which include a Biomolecular Analysis Facility, a Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility, and a Facility for Environmental Nanoscience Analysis and Characterisation.