Some other people in my lab are working on this project. Doesn’t it just look cool? The idea is to grow algae in each chamber and measure the use of nutrients or the photosynthetic rate. Their current experiment involves growing different communities of species in each chamber and seeing how their nutrient use differs. All of that is pretty cool, but not as cool as the device itself.
Each chamber has its own pump to keep the water recirculating and all chambers are embedded in a seawater bath kept at the desired temperature. The walls of the device are covered with bunches of compact florescent lightbulbs.