Anaïs is based at AZTI Tecnalia (Basque Country, Spain).
Project Title & Synopsis: ‘Development and application of molecular methods for the early detection of marine Aquatic Invasive Species’
As the shipping activities are still increasing dramatically, ballast water has become a worldwide pathway of biological invasion. This PhD proposal uses molecular methods as metabarcoding to explore further the diversity of ballast communities by finding scarce species which can be overlooked easily with the visual identification, and so, getting better insights of potential invasive species. The PhD purpose is also to work on the gap between research and management of ballast water by contributing to promote a standardized and reproducible metabarcoding approach which could be implemented in ballast water management.
Supervisor(s): Dr Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta & Dr Oihane Cabezas Basurko
Biography: Since high school, I have deep interests in exploring the diversity of terrestrial and marine biota and in protecting our environment. During my two master internships, I discovered population genetic applied to marine mammal’s conservation. These projects captivate me and I decide to pursue in research linking genetic to environmental monitoring.
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