This project will explore the use of filter feeding organisms (most likely oysters or other bivalves in the first instance) as sampling devices for genomic analysis for environmental monitoring. As bivalves are near-constant collectors of planktonic biomass, genomic analysis of faeces and pseudofaeces from resident species could reveal useful information about environmental conditions and changes in the water column. The use of such organisms as time-integrated accumulators of biological indicator organisms, may be a powerful and low-cost alternative to more costly sensor systems for certain types of analysis.
The project leader and primary supervisor will be Dr. Carmel MacDougall, of Griffith University, and the successful applicant will be enrolled at Griffith. However, the PhD will undertake their research at the CSIRO, in Hobart, and so will be based there. The commercial partner for this project is Tasmanian-based company Petuna Aquaculture Pty Ltd.
Please apply for this scholarship by lodging an application directly to the Blue Economy CRC, via the link below.