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Project title
The impact of local environmental conditions on cryptic coral reef communities in the Philippines
Contact name
Emma Ransome
Contact email
Project based at
Silwood Park (Imperial)
Project description
Our ability to manage and protect coral reefs is currently limited by a lack of understanding of the processes that promote healthy functioning of reefs, including interactions between organisms and their physical environment. Recent genetic work shows that up to 90% of the diversity within reef communities lies hidden within the reef matrix. These communities include small invertebrates (e.g., crabs, brittle stars, sponges), as well as diverse microbial communities that remain overlooked in reef management but are key to understanding reef functions (e.g., nutrient cycling). As overall biodiversity can affect key ecosystem processes, it is imperative to understand how variable reef diversity is on local scales (10-100s of metres) and how local environmental factors maintain this biodiversity. This study will use next generation sequencing data to investigate the diversity of cryptic reef species found within a small area of the Philippines reef system that is subject to a range of local environmental pressures.
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Project length limitations
3.5 months, 5 months, 9 months
Available date limitations
Autumn (Sept-Oct), Winter (January)
Suitable for
Ecology Evolution and Conservation, Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution (MRes), Ecosystem and Environmental Change MRes, Biosystematics [NHM MRes]