Wetlab Research Laboratories

An open pressure seawater system supplies a variety of indoor and outdoor raceways, wet tables, sorting tables, large tanks and a variety of smaller aquaria.


A total of 12 shallow-water raceways are available for visitor use. Wet tables are covered with 30% light-reducing shadecloth, but lighting/shading can be changed independently among tanks if needed. Six deeper raceway tables are also available for experiments. Substrate, flow rate, shading and aeration can all be altered or controlled depending on the nature of the experiment; however, custom building and system retrofitting will be created at the expense of the visitor. For details about the outdoor research area please visit the Climate and Acidification Ocean Simulator page.


IC2R3 has two separate indoor wetlab facilities connected by a prep lab area located on the second floor of the facility. The prep area is equipped with a fume hood, two freshwater sinks,  benchtop workspace, cabinetry for short-term storage and an Amscope articulating dissecting scope. Each wetlab is outfitted with 8-8x3x1-foot shallow raceways equipped with filtered seawater spigots drawing from both an underground seawater well or directly from the adjacent canal. These raceways are available for rental for short- and long-term experiments.  Each laboratory is also equipped with ample benchtop workspace and both a freshwater and saltwater sink as well as extensive cabinetry for short-term storage of supplies.    

IC2R3 staff are available to assist with experimental setup and basic maintenance of tanks and systems at a cost. Similarly, long-term maintenance and monitoring of experiments by Mote staff can also be arranged.

Larger holding tanks are located separately, supplied by an independent seawater and filtration system. Shading, flow rates, etc., can all be altered, and all tanks have a clear viewing port installed in the side. Tanks ranging from 4 feet high x 8 feet wide to 6 feet high x 15 feet wide are available, both for short-term holding of specimens, or long-term growth or behavioral studies.

If interested in the use of these laboratories, please fill out our Facility Use Request Form.