Polar bryozoans

Piotr Kuklinski

Oceanographer Piotr Kuklinski researching bryozoa in Antarctica

Principal Investigator

Dr Piotr Kuklinski

Project summary

  • Focus: using bryozoans to predict the impact of global warming on rapidly changing polar environments

We are using bryozoans to predict the impact of global warming on rapidly changing polar environments.

Many bryozoan genera survive in extreme polar conditions. But these regions are changing fast in response to global warming.

We are studying the response of bryozoans to change, and assessing the extent of environmental change in local environments.

Our projects include:

  • Creating web tools for identification and biodiversity studies of polar bryozoans, including the Atlas of Arctic Bryozoa and the Atlas of Antarctic Bryozoa.
  • Studying the different mineral compositions of bryozoan skeletons, and how these compositions are influenced by ocean acidification and temperature.
  • Investigating other aspects ofbryozoan biology, such as their life history and associated responses to environmental change.
Diving for bryozoans

Diving for bryozoans in Antarctica is frosty work!


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We are exploring new sources of food, predicting the spread of disease and finding scarce elements

Invertebrate research

Our scientists are investigating the taxonomy, systematics and biodiversity of groups of invertebrates

Zoology collections

Our zoology collection has 29 million animal specimens and is rich in voucher, type and historical specimens