Taxonomic diversity of toxic dinoflagellate microbiomes (MB)

Supervisor team may include:

Chris Bolch

Dinoflagellate cells grow and interact with a community of closely associated bacteria that appear to mediate a range of critical functions such as nutrient and trace metal uptake, and also influence their cellular toxicity. Almost all of our understanding of these interactions is derived from laboratory cultures; we know almost nothing about the bacterial communities associated with cells in natural blooms. This project aims to use Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) sequencing approaches to compare the taxonomic diversity of laboratory cultures and natural phytoplankton cells of two important toxic dinoflagellates, Alexandrium tamarense and Gymnodinium catenatum.

Suitable for February or July start date.

Contact Chris Bolch ( for more details.

Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
October 7, 2019