Primary supervisor: Jennifer Smith
Co-supervisor: Dr John Keane
Brief project description:
This project aims to use experimental feeding trials to determine the reasons behind lobster preference for native Tasmanian Shortspined Sea Urchin (Heliocidaris erythrogramma) over the range-extending Longspined Sea Urchin (Centrostephanus rodgersii). We know that lobsters prefer the native species, but we want to know if this is due to attractiveness (taste) or physical handling challenges (long spines vs. short spines). This research will be part of a wider project looking into the use of Southern Rock Lobster as a predatory control of the Longspined Sea Urchin on Tasmania’s east coast.
Suitable for mid-year start only.
Contact Jennie Smith for more information.
Skills students will develop during this research project:
Experimental design; project management; critical thinking; animal handling;
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
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