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Grant supports Clemson study of coastal biodiversity
Date:11/13/2013

r symbiotic relationship with bacteria performs its detoxification function and how that affects other species, such as fish, crabs, marine mammals and other marine life. The collaborative research effort will fill a major gap in understanding what causes the loss of lucinid biodiversity in habitats sensitive to natural disturbances and those caused by human disturbances.

The interdisciplinary work of Campbell and her colleagues will integrate genetic, taxonomic and functional and paleobiological approaches in their studies and exploration to determine the chemical and nutrient recycling functions of lucinids.

The researchers will provide interdisciplinary training in geochemistry, microbiology and paleobiology to graduate and undergraduate students, including field studies in the Bahamas, training in museum collection standards, laboratory research and computational bioinformatics. Students from underrepresented STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) groups will be involved in the project, and university outreach and mentoring programs will target symbiosis and biodiversity topics through formal and informal classroom, public speaking opportunities and museum activities.


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Contact: Barbara Campbell
bcampb7@clemson.edu
864-656-0559
Clemson University
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