Environmental Laboratory

Our large environmental laboratory hosts several types of research and teaching focused on plants, animals and their habitats.

The understanding of the environment we live in has never been more important. We as a society are increasingly more aware of the wide variety of impacts we have on the ecosystems around us.

Our work is varied and everchanging, but some examples are:

  • The analysis of soil for its composition and ability to support plant growth.
  • The spread and impacts of microplastics in our environment.
  • The Forensic recovery and examination of fibres from crime scenes and evidence.
  • The identification and mapping of invertebrates from around the world.
  • Investigating and documenting the changing animal and plant populations around the UK.
  • Supporting and analysing samples or data from geographical research.


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Opening Times

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021