REP Project

May 18, 2023

Molecular phylogenetics of tropical freshwater bryozoans

water creature

Location: University of Nottingham

Duration: 8 weeks

The Aquatic Parasite Ecology Lab (APELab) at University of Nottingham offers a paid summer placement opportunity to investigate the biodiversity of tropical freshwater invertebrates. The work focuses on previously collected specimens from the Okavango Delta in Africa, the Malaysian Borneo, and the Brazilian Amazon. The project provides exciting opportunities to characterise novel, endemic species and to learn advanced molecular and bioinformatic skills.

The placement opportunity links with an on-going project focussing on molecular and morphological characterisation of freshwater bryozoans. Bryozoans are colonial filter-feeding animals, which influence important ecosystem properties, such as water quality, carbon and nutrient cycling and trophic interactions. Our project investigates the diversification and endemism of tropical bryozoan species, with a view to better understand invasive species spread and the role of bryozoans in linking the water column productivity to the benthic environment.

You would join the APELab at University of Nottingham for an 8-week placement, with flexible working over June-Sep 2023. Our lab provides training in the molecular lab techniques and phylogenetic analyses, providing a wide range of sequence analysis and advanced microscopy skills. The project partners with the Natural History Museum in London, and the placement opportunity includes a research visit to the NHM to conduct imaging of specimens using the state-of-the-art facilities at the Museum. Please contact Dr. Hanna Hartikainen for further information on the project:

To apply

We encourage applications from students from all backgrounds. Please check you meet the eligibility criteria before completing the EDI Form 2023 ; this form is a mandatory part of the application process, but contains ‘prefer not to say’ options for all questions asked.

Once you have completed the online data collection form you will receive an email with the application form and details of how to apply to the supervisor. The application form should be completed and emailed to the lead supervisor along with a reference from your personal tutor.