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At the cutting edge of ocean research

Both on campus and off, Dalhousie has impressive research infrastructure and capabilities to support our researchers in discovering innovative answers to the world’s ocean-related questions.

Steele Ocean Sciences Building

The Steele Ocean Sciences Building is a one-of-a-kind space that clusters ocean experts and innovators under one roof.


The largest in Canada and one of the best in the world, the Aquatron Laboratory is Dalhousie's aquatic research facility. This facility includes Canada's first ballast water testing facility.

Marine Gene Probe Lab (MGPL)

MGPL houses state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and expertise in the application of DNA-based techniques for aquatic and marine organisms, with a focus on sustainability.  

Aquaculture Centre and Genomics Laboratory

Located at Dalhousie's Agriculture Campus in Truro, Nova Scotia, the Aquaculture Centre and Genomics Laboratory uses molecular biotechnology to help address industry challenges in the shellfish and aquaculture industry.

SPARTAN (Surface PARTiculate mAtter Network)

A global network of ground-based measurements of fine particulate concentrations to evaluate and enhance satellite remote sensing estimates that can be applied in health effects research and risk management.


This container bay, in the Steele Ocean Sciences Building, holds innovative and portable labs, built from shipping containers that allow researchers to explore, discover, track and predict the ocean environment in the same space, on land and sea.

Institute for Big Data Analytics

Institute for Big Data Analytics creates knowledge and expertise in the field of Big Data Analytics by facilitating fundamental, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, advanced applications, advanced training and partnerships with industry. Analytics of marine data and all aspects relating to marine biology, fisheries and shipping.

Bedford Basin Ocean Monitoring Buoy (BBOMB)

Partnered with the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, this Dalhousie state-of-the-art buoy observes events important to the Bedford Basin plankton ecosystem