Marie Curie Post-doctoral fellow, The Natural History Museum, London, UK. April 2011 - March 2013
Post-doctoral Research Assistant Syntax, The Natural History Museum, London, UK. May - November 2010
PhD, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden. 2005 - 2009
In recent years, many hundreds of new species have been discovered in the deep sea. An interesting question is how deep-sea fauna are able to disperse. The simplest explanation has been cosmopolitanism, with animals having easy access to all ocean basins and following currents around the world. However, for many species there may be barriers to dispersal in the form of substrate specialisation, limited mobility or reproductive traits.
In my work together with Dr Adrian Glover we will target one of the most abundant and species-rich groups, the polychaetes.
To answer questions of dispersal and evolution in the deep sea we study three contrasting groups of polychaetes.
Using molecular data we will construct phylogenies to evaluate the relationships within the three groups, and to determine levels of cryptic speciation and population connectivity in the deep sea.