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Nathalie Forget

Free-Living and Symbiotic Bacterial Communities in Contrasting Hydrothermally Active Habitats

Nathalie Forget
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I did my undergraduate studies at University of Quebec at Rimouski in marine biology, where I became interested in the ecology of extreme ecosystems and had the chance to do a summer internship with Dr. Kim Juniper, who is now my PhD director.

S Kim Juniper

Biology, University of Victoria

09/2008 - 12/2012

Population Connectivity, PC-11: Source-sink populations in the Endeavour MPA

nforget@uvic.ca

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I did my undergraduate studies at University of Quebec at Rimouski in marine biology, where I became interested in the ecology of extreme ecosystems and had the chance to do a summer internship with Dr. Kim Juniper, who is now my PhD director.

My research project is looking at how hydrothermal vent conditions affect the microbial communities, which represent the first colonizers as well as the basis of the food web in this ecosystem. More specifically, I am comparing the structure and diversity of the microbial communities in contrasting, hydrothermally active habitats.


The specific project/thesis aims project are:

    1. To develop a strategy and familiarize with software and statistical tools for comparing microbial communities based on SSU rRNA sequences.
    2. To explore the diversity of the free-living bacterial communities associated with aggregations of the vestimentiferan tubeworm Ridgeia piscesae in high-flow and low-flow environments.
    3. To conduct a comparative study of R. piscesae’s symbionts in these two contrasting environments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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