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Portobello Marine Laboratory


The Portobello Marine Laboratory (PML) is the primary research facility of the Marine Science department. It is located halfway along Otago Harbour at the tip of the Portobello peninsula.

The lab has external wet lab facilities as well as a tank room for aquaculture, maintenance of live organisms, etc. Also available are controlled temperature rooms, a microscope room, the PML reference collection, a library, and various labs - animal physiology, analytical, biochemistry, chemistry, histology, and space for visiting researchers’ labs.

PML also houses offices for graduate students and academics. Other buildings include a field gear store, mechanical workshop, student accommodation, an aquaculture centre, and the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre. PML has its own wharf – fixed and floating pontoon – that houses the equipment for the lab’s flow-through seawater system.

More information, including a detailed historical timeline of the evolution of PML, can be found on the lab’s webpage.