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Luke

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Expertise
Astrobiology, deep-sea microbiology, environmental microbiology, extremophiles, life in hypersaline environments

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Changes in the microbial community of seawater brines

As seawater evaporates, it precipitates out salts such as halite (NaCl) which can be favorable for specialized microbes such as halophilic (salt-loving) archaea and fungi. However, as brines concentrate with continual evaporation they become hostile for life, and eventually sterile. As the brine concentrates becoming more extreme, what microbes can survive in these environments? This project would explore the changing microbial community in brine environments.

Coding skills

Some R.

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