Ecology and Evolution Series - Summer #2

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For our Series I, we’re exploring global problems and local solutions in Adapting to extreme weather in our changing world. We’d love you to join us as we explore the impact of our behaviour and changing weather on marine environments. This week two of our PhD students present their proposals for cutting-edge research, backed by some of our world-leading experts in marine biology.



Qiaz Hua
PhD student, School of Biological Sciences

Qiaz Hua is a PhD student under Bronwyn Gillanders and Zoe Doubleday. Qiaz is an honours graduate from the National University of Singapore, with experience in entomology and environmental biology. Well aware of the growing climate crisis and a timely discovery of her love for the intelligent octopuses, Qiaz came to Adelaide to study how octopuses respond to climate change. Her research on octopus physiology combines molecular and marine biology.

This will be highlighted in her introductory PhD seminar, Population genetic structure and molecular responses of octopuses for conservation and management.

Solomon Ogunola

Solomon Ogunola
PhD student, School of Biological Sciences

The ubiquitous presence of microplastics has been reported in aquatic ecosystems around the world, raising environmental and human health concerns. This study aims to assess if microplastics are found in the tissues of Australian crustaceans and molluscs, whether they are transferred from mussels to crabs, and the relationship between microplastics and mussels. This is the first empirical research in Australian coastal waters that investigates microplastic ingestion by benthic crustaceans and mussels. This study will expand our understanding of ingestion of microplastics by benthic communities and have important implications for marine pollution research globally.

This is Solomon’s introductory PhD seminar, Microplastics in crustacean and mollusc species from the Australian coastal waters.

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