Molly Rivers

An evo-devo approach to invasive biology and resilience to climate change

PhD aims:

  • Analyse gene expression data from four closely related gastropod species from all stages of their life cycle, to better understand shell development
  • Compare gene expression profiles to differing phenotypic traits between the gastropod species

PhD objectives:

  • Determine what developmental mechanisms make Crepidula forniacata (a marine gastropod) invasive compared to its most closely related non-invasive species
  • Determine what developmental mechanisms regulate the shell traits that give Crepidula fornicata superior resilience to ocean acidification and climate change compared to its most closely related relatives

Contact details:
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @mlrivers94