Projects looking for someone to make their own:

Masters research projects

1. An octocoral nursery: Using barcoding to investigate species ID of eggs found on deep-sea octocorals.

Involves genetic barcoding of deep-sea samples. Laboratory-based.

2. Are seamounts shark nursery habitats? Using video analysis to look at shark habitat in the deep sea.

Involves video analysis so is office-based. Work links with colleagues at the National Oceanography Centre.

Email Dr Taylor for more info : michelle.taylor@essex.ac.uk

PhD self-funded research projects

I have a wealth of deep sea specimens and several PhD projects ready to go. At the moment these include:

Does variation microbial populations match host population connectivity in a deep-sea coral?

Deep-sea population genomics and seascape genomics of bivalve across the North Atlantic

A global study of deep-sea connectivity of the solitary coral, Desmophyllum

Ocean-scale population genomics – from north to south Atlantic.


The above plethora of samples, with some sequencing and consumable finance, could answer are some interesting ecological questions. If you are interested in my field of research and join our lab as a postdoc here is a link to a list of fellowships: https://asntech.github.io/postdoc-funding-schemes/

Email me to discuss ideas.

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