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We have 16 Marine Biology PhD Research Projects

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Seaweed farming in Europe: appraisal and quantification of ecosystem services

The big picture. If a biobased industry using seaweed cultivation is to be developed and significantly upscaled, then there is a need to ensure that industry meets multiple criteria for environmental sustainability. Read more

Leveraging polysaccharide degrading abilities of wastewater treatment microbiomes to develop clean future polymers

The overarching goal of this project is to characterise the natural polysaccharide-degrading ability of wastewater treatment plant microbiomes to tailor production of functionalised 'clean future polymers' that are likely to be degraded prior to discharge of wastewater back into the environment. Read more

Mining apical organ evolution in marine ciliated larvae, Molecular Biology, Marine Biology, Evolution, Development – PhD (Funded)

Project Description. Most marine invertebrates have a biphasic lifecycle that includes a ciliated free-swimming larval stage that ultimately settles on the ocean floor and undergoes metamorphosis into a benthic juvenile. Read more

Testing the translational power of zebrafish for studying human heart failure (Biosciences) - PhD (Funded)

Location. Biosciences, Streatham Campus, Exeter. The University of Exeter’s Department of Biosciences is inviting applications for a PhD studentship fully-funded by AstraZeneca and the Department to commence on 9 January 2023. Read more

Are shellfish hotspots for AMR evolution and transmission? [microbiology, evolutionary biology, bio-clinical science, public health, aquaculture] – PhD (Funded)

Location. Environment and Sustainability Institute, Penryn Campus, Cornwall and Cefas in Weymouth. The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the University of Exeter have a Strategic Alliance that aims to combine the complementary capabilities and perspectives of both organisations. Read more

Help from the past: exploring the genomic architecture of a historical collection of Vibriobacteria in the hunt for novel antimicrobials, [Microbiology/Bioinformatics)] – PhD (Funded)

Location. Biosciences, Streatham Campus, Exeter. The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the University of Exeter have a Strategic Alliance that aims to combine the complementary capabilities and perspectives of both organisations. Read more

Population genomic analysis of the Aotearoa New Zealand Yellowtail kingfish – haku for community-led aquaculture

Project Description. We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student for a project that aims to sequence the kingfish (Seriola lalandi) genome, conduct a population genomic study, and help prepare this species for a community-led Māori aquaculture initiative in Aotearoa New Zealand. Read more

Geological Fate and Impact of Isosaccharinic acid (Geo-FISA)

About the Project.  The nuclear fuel cycle has generated higher-level radioactive wastes that will be disposed of in a deep geological facility (GDF) that will provide multiple barriers to the migration of radionuclides to the surface over prolonged timescales (tens of thousands of years). Read more

Comparing navigation strategies in mantis shrimp and bull ants

Mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda) are marine crustaceans with extraordinary eyes, boasting up to 12 channels of colour sensitivity, 6 channels of polarization, and incredible ranges of eye movement. Read more

Investigating the cell biology of Neoparamoeba perurans, a causative agent of Amoebic Gill Disease, and its endosymbiont kinetoplastid, Perkinsela.

Amoebic gill disease (AGD), caused by the opportunistic amoebozoan parasite Neoparamoeba perurans, is a major disease in salmonid aquaculture [1-3] and there is an urgent need to mitigate the impact parasitic infections have on both fish welfare and sustainable growth in the sector. Read more

Discovery of novel pharmaceuticals from marine and desert microorganisms

Microorganisms from extreme environments such as the deep seas, cold seas and hyper arid deserts have been shown to produce a range of complex natural products with high biological activity. Read more

Adaptation to environmental change in animals: ecology, evolution and genomics.

How are animals able to live in different environments, with different temperatures, energetic demands, diet, predators, parasites or pH? Thanks to advances in gene sequencing technology, we are in a remarkable period of discovery about the genomic basis of adaptation and how this depends on the intricacies of ecology and environment. Read more

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