NREM Aquatic Research Campus Facility


ISU Aquatic Research Facility


Laboratories are located in the basement of Science Hall II (Rooms 02, 10, and 12) and the Forestry Greenhouse (Bays 26 and 27)


Pacific White Shrimp, Barramundi, Tilapia, Fathead Minnow, Walleye and Hybrid Walleye, Hybrid Striped Bass, Bluegill and Hybrid Bluegill, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch, and Largemouth Bass.


Topics covered in last ten years:

Pacific White Shrimp
Pacific White Shrimp is one of the most widely cultured species in the world, and is the number one consumed seafood product in the United States. Recent interest in shrimp production in Iowa and the North Central Region of the US has prompted the development of aquaculture techniques in indoor RAS. 

Barramundi is a species being grown on a large scale for food in Iowa. Research has been conducted to determine their ability to thrive in our aquaponics research facility as nutrient generators for various leaf and fruit crops.

Tilapia is a very easy fish to grow because of their hardiness, ease of reproduction, and ability to grow quickly on feed. Research has been done on diet formulations and probiotics to enhance gut health and growth of tilapia. Additionally, tilapia have been grown in our aquaponics research facility as nutrient generators for various leaf and fruit crops.

Fathead Minnow
Fathead minnows are commonly cultured as baitfish because of their small size and reproductive habits. Student research has been conducted to determine whether the presence of a substrate to mimic aquatic vegetation in RAS systems improves minnow grow, survival, and reproduction.

Mass culture of larval walleye on formulated feed; training pond-reared walleye fingerlings to formulated feed in intensive culture; early development of walleye; behavior of larval walleye; physiological studies on walleye (respiration, metabolite production, endocrinology [thryoid hormones]); performance of walleye and hybrid walleye; environmental (oil films and turbidity) effects on tank culture of larval walleye; toxicity of hydrogen peroxide to fingerling walleye and hybrid striped bass; low stress measures for transport of walleye from hatchery to lake stocking sites; and evaluation of walleye stocks.

Compensatory growth in hybrid sunfish.
Comparison of bluegill and hybrid sunfish raised in a recycle aquaculture system.

Diet formulation
Substitute ingredients for fish meal in formulating fish diets that have low phosphorus content.
Low-phosphorus feed formulations for rainbow trout and hybrid striped bass.

Aquatic toxicology
Estrogens in effluents from Iowa wastewater treatment facilities.
Toxicity of pesticides adsorbed to suspended sediment to larval fish in the Cedar River.
Suspended sediment and pesticide interaction and toxicity to larval fish.