Projects in Microbial Ecology and Evolution

Niveau:Bachelor, Outside course scope

Microorganisms play important roles in many ecosystems, either on their own or associated with animal and plant hosts, and microbial ecology and evolution seeks to understand their diversity, roles, functions and evolution.

Specializing in this area will provide you with a general understanding of microbes and their adaptations to the environments within which they grow and reproduce, either on their own as symbionts. Because of the tremendous importance of microorganisms in natural ecosystems and industry, projects in this area open up for many job opportunities.

Practical research will often focus on ants and termites and their associated mutualistic and parasitic microorganisms - in our programs mostly fungi and bacteria. Typical projects will combine conceptual training with hands-on experience in the lab or the field, and can include microbiological methods, assay testing, and sequencing individual or communities of microbes. 

Anvendte metoder:hands-on experience in the lab or the field, microbiological methods, assay testing, sequencing individual or communities of microbes
Keywords:diversity and functional roles of microbes in natural environments, microbial physiology, host-symbiont coevolution
Vejleder(e): Michael Poulsen, Birgitte Regenberg and/or Jonathan Z. Shik