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.
These are being investigated using a combination of morphological,
morphogenetic and molecular methods.
Recently published papers report major revisions of interrelationships
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