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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: Marine biodiversity and genomics: from Population to Communities (PopCOmics)

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PopCOmics seeks to apply novel molecular techniques to address challenges in marine biology research with application to societal problems and conservation goals. We will focus on comparisons of natural and impacted benthic habitats and analyse changes symbiont communities in invertebrates as a response to anthropogenic perturbations.

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PopCOmics seeks to apply novel molecular techniques to address challenges in marine biology research with application to societal problems and conservation goals. We will apply genomics to the study of keystone species (either because of their ecological role, their invasive status, or their conservation challenges). We will develop and apply amplicon sequencing techniques (metabarcoding) to the problem of biodiversity assessment at the community and holobiont level. We will focus on biomonitoring of natural and impacted benthic habitats and analyse changes symbiont communities in invertebrates as a response to anthropogenic perturbations.

Related research groups

Marine Biology and Ecology

Funding dates: 2018 - 2020 

Funding provider: Spanish Ministry of Science (CTM2017-88080)

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