Dr Nicola Foster
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
I am a post-doctoral researcher on the NERC-funded Deep Links project (www.deeplinksproject.wordpress.com). Deep Links is a collaborative project between Plymouth University, the University of Oxford, the JNCC and the British Geological Survey. During this project, we will investigate how patterns of population connectivity vary with depth in the deep sea, and how this influences species diversity, using a combination of molecular techniques, modelling and community analysis.
2007 PhD University of Exeter - Population dynamics of the dominant Caribbean reef-building coral, Montastraea annularis.
2002 MSc University of Wales, Bangor - Marine Environmental Protection.
2000 BSc (Hons) University of Wales, Bangor - Marine Biology.
International Society for Reef Studies
Society for Conservation Biology
Marine Biological Association
Deep-sea Biology Society
I am currently involved in delivering occasional lectures within a selected number of modules within my department (MBIO221 Marine Molecular Biology, MBIO315 Biological Oceanography, MBAM5106 Advanced Research in Marine Biology, MBAM5108 Marine Ecology and Conservation), and I also assist with practical sessions, fieldtrips and workshops.
My broad research interests focus on marine ecology, population dynamics, population connectivity and conservation genetics. In particular, I am interested in using population genetic studies to inform conservation planning and management of the marine environment.
Grants & contracts
Researcher/Co-investigator - NERC Grant: Influence of population connectivity on depth-dependent diversity of deep-sea benthic biota (£574,000; 2015-2018)
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