Marine genetic diversity hotspots

Throughout the Quaternary period, the earth´s climate has fluctuated periodically, from periods of extended ice coverage, where species retreated ranges, to warmer periods with broad potential distributions. As a result, populations’ genetic diversity is often unevenly distributed, with refugial areas systematically retaining a large proportion of total diversity, vital for the species persistence and adaptive potential in a whole.

The aim of this internship is to compile available genetic data for marine structuring species (e.g., marine forests of large brown algae and seagrasses). The compilation of genetic data may enable the detection of patterns of intraspecific diversity variation across species, identifying important hotspots for future conservation. The student will be guided and trained to perform data collection and handling, with high possibility of enrolling in a team that will publish results in a high ranked scientific journal.

The only requirement is a laptop to conduct the task independently.

Language requirements: 
English or Portuguese
Specific competences required : 
Good organizational skills
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Additional costs to be covered by the student: