We are focusing our research on the systematics and diversity of free-living ciliates, particularly marine and brackish forms in costal waters.
Ciliates are found almost everywhere that there is sufficient water for them to move and feed, and are the primary consumers of bacteria in many habitats. Some are parasitic living either inside, or attached to the outside, of their animal host.
Our current research includes:
A major outcome of this work will be a web-based guide to the identification of marine benthic ciliates.
This includes an investigation of the potential of DNA-barcoding for species identification among key groups of spirotricheans.
These are being investigated using a combination of morphological, morphogenetic and molecular methods.
In addition, we are updating our web-based Guide to the Identification of Ciliates in Activated Sludge Wastewater Treatment Processes.
Researching the systematics of ciliated protozoa (ciliates) biodiversity of marine ciliates and the use of ciliates as bioindicators of environmental quality.
The main collaborating groups in this research are