The money will be used to buy a ‘Daniovision’ system which can track fish larvae and other small organisms. The system will be housed in the university’s bioscience research facility at its Hastings campus.
The funding bid was led by Dr Neil Crooks, Senior Lecturer in marine ecology in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, who is based at the Hasting campus. The bid was made in collaboration with Dr Cressida Bowyer, also from the school of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences and Dr Angelo Pernetta, Assistant Director at Hastings Campus.
The team said: “There are suspicions that environmental levels of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles found in skin care products affect fish development and behaviour and this grant from the Royal Society will help us to determine if this is the case.
“We are delighted with the award which will allow us to undertake many other emerging avenues of research. We envisage that the students will benefit from this too and aim to engage them with the projects."
You can read more about their research.