EXPLORE CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
The importance of rocky shore microalgae cannot be underestimated. Benthic biofilms on rocky shores are areas of high biodiversity which form the base of near shore food chains. Little research has been undertaken relating to rocky shore microalgal biofilms. This project will investigate seasonal changes in the photosynthetic regulatory mechanisms of rocky shore diatoms which grow on hard substratum. The taxonomic changes within the biofilm will be investigated in relation to the photosynthetic changes which are recorded. The effects of the changing climate on rocky shore biofilms have not been investigated. This project will investigate the effect of climate change using climate control chambers and describe some of the implications of our changing environment on rocky shore diatom dominant biofilms.
British Phycological Society winter meeting and the British Diatomists conference.