Polychaete biodiversity and evolution

We are researching the diversity, distribution, ecology and evolutionary history of marine polychaetes, a group whose members are increasing all the time as new species are discovered.

Many polychaetes live in unique environments, some of which are threatened by fishing and mining. Assessing the connections between these habitats and the biodiversity of the ecosystems provides a baseline to assess future human impact. 

We specialise in deep sea polychaetes and their habitats.

Find out more about our projects below.

Polychaete researcher

Dr Adrian Glover
Dr Adrian Glover

Marine biologist focussing on deep-sea biodiversity, systematics, evolution and ecology of polychaetes.

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Glossary

Annelids
The annelids, or ‘ringed worms’, have segmented bodies. The annelid phylum is made up of over 22,000 species including earthworms and leeches.

Polychaetes
A class of annelids that mostly live in marine environments, albeit of greatly varying temperatures and conditions. Each segment of their bodies hosts many bristles, leading to the moniker 'bristle worms'.