Improving calcification of marine green algae

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Project Description

The project focuses on the fast-calcifying calcareous green alga Halimeda to better understand the sequestration capacity in the Red Sea. To quantify the functional role of Halimeda, the project aims at quantifying Halimeda carbonate versus organic production rates under controlled conditions in an aquarium setup in the KAUST facilities. The VSRP will be in charge of running the experiment, controlling the carbonate chemistry and other parameters during the experimental run, and for analysing the samples. The VSRP might be involved in taking the specimens from the field, if holding a research diving certificate. A comprehensive report will round up the VSRP project.
Program - Earth Science and Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
Center Affiliation - Red Sea Research Center
Field of Study - Carbonate sedimentology

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Researcher

Hildegard Westphal

Hildegard Westphal

Desired Project Deliverables

- Setting up the experimental scheme and the green algae culture - Controling the culture throughout the experiment - Monitoring the biological and chemical parameters - Recording and interpreting the data - Writing a comprehensive report

RECOMMENDED STUDENT ACADEMIC & RESEARCH BACKGROUND

Marine Biology
Marine Biology
Aquarium culturing of marine organisms
Aquarium culturing of marine organisms
MSc student level
MSc student level
diving license and experience
diving license and experience