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 Aquaculture Research Lab


The Aquaculture Research Lab (ARL) at Purdue University has both indoor and outdoor facilities for the study of fish and aquatic organisms. The main lab building was rebuilt in 2006 after fire destroyed the original lab in 2004. The lab has been in existence since 1992.

Indoor facilities consist of the following: Large Wet Lab – Approximately 4000 square feet, four environmental chambers, hot and cold well water drops with mixing capabilities, central air blower system, analytical lab, feed prep room/ lab, and a conference / small classroom. Outdoor facilities include 12 quarter-acre ponds and twenty 200 gallon pools for microcosm work.

Currently, resea​rch at the lab is in four disciplines, directed by four faculty based at Purdue University:

  • Fish nutrition, primarily for aqua cultured species of interest to the region
  • Fish genetics of Brook trout (“Coasters”)
  • Toxicology studies with fathead minnows and other freshwater fishes such as lake whitefish and largemouth bass.  Conducting studies with endocrine active compounds, flame retardants, herbicides, pesticides, and nanoparticles
  • Fisheries studies using lake sturgeon and lampreys, lake whitefish and brook trout
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Lab Manager
Bob Rode
Purdue Animal Sciences Research & Education Center
Aquaculture Research Lab
5675 West 600 North
West Lafayette  IN  47906 

Telephone: (765) 583-0351
Fax: (765) 583-2490