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Christine Maggs <[log in to unmask]>


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Mon, 8 Jul 2002 10:46:33 +0100





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Marie Curie Host Fellowships

Doctoral Students Involved in Seaweed Research

Does your doctoral research topic involve any aspect of seaweed biology? If so,
apply to work with the largest group of marine algal specialists to be based in
a single UK university, and spend 3-12 months at the Queen’s University Marine
Laboratory (QUML) at Portaferry in Northern Ireland. A new Marie Curie Training
Site has recently been approved on "Marine macroalgae: physiological and
biochemical ecology, molecular phylogeny, and aquaculture". Doctoral students
from EU countries (other than the UK) can apply for fellowships for between 3
and 12 months, which cover travel to and from QUML, and subsistence of 1200
Euros per month for the duration of the visit.

We can offer you training in, and facilities for, up-to-date techniques to
estimate rates of physiological or biochemical processes (some of which can be
measured in situ) and levels of environmental parameters that might affect these
processes in littoral or sublittoral habitats. We can also train you in
molecular techniques for analysing DNA from seaweeds, and interpreting the
results in terms of the evolution of the species, or its recent geographical
migrations. If your interests lie in the ecological interactions, biodiversity
or conservation of seaweeds, you can benefit from QUML’s easy access to a wide
range of coastal types, from fully exposed rocky shores to sheltered sand and
mud beaches, many located in nature reserves, as well as our experience of
biotope mapping and studying the dynamic relationships between seaweeds and
their grazers, epiphytes and competitors. Aquaculture and the commercial
applications of seaweeds also feature strongly in our research programme (QUML
is home to QUB’s Centre for Mariculture and Marine Resources), and extensive
facilities are available for both rope and tank cultivation of economically
valuable species, and for examining the ability of seaweed species to effect
bioremediation of waste water from sewage or industrial plants.

The resources of QUML are backed up by the full laboratory facilities of the
School of Biology & Biochemistry on the main QUB campus in Belfast, which is
only 1 hour’s drive from Portaferry. If you stay for 9-12 months, you may also
register for the School’s M.Res. course, and return home with a recognised QUB
qualification and, if you come in 2003, you can take part in the 3rd European
Phycological Congress, which will be held at QUB in July 2003.

We are now inviting applications from students who wish to start their
Fellowship at QUB between 1 October 2002 and 31 March 2003. Up to 4 Fellowships
will be available in this second round. Further information and application
forms can be obtained from the addresses below. Completed applications should
be returned to Professor Dring by 31 July 2002. The next deadline for
applications will be 31 January 2003.

For information:
Prof. Matthew Dring
Queen's University Marine Laboratory
The Strand
Portaferry, Co. Down
BT22 1PF
Northern Ireland, UK
Phone: +44 2842 727803
Fax: +44 2842 728902

Dr Christine Maggs or Dr Mark Johnson
School of Biology and Biochemistry
Queen's University
97 Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7BL
Northern Ireland, UK
Phone: +44 2890 335 859
Fax: +44 2890 236 505
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