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Dr Kirsten Donald

Dr Kirsten DonaldEmail

Phone 64-3-479-5096

  • BScHons in Marine and Environmental Biology; University of St Andrews, 1992
  • PhD in Micro- and Molecular Biology; University of Warwick, 1997
    Comparative nutrition of marine phytoplankton

Research Interests

  • Biogeography and evolution of topshells
  • Biogeography and evolution of digenea
  • Interrelationships and co-evolution of host topshells and their parasitic trematodes
  • Gene expression in the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas
  • Primary production and phosphorous nutrition in marine phytoplankton

Current Postdoctoral Project

Using molecular techniques to determine whether topshells and the parasitic trematodes they harbour share a tight co-evolutionary relationship. (Marsden funding) Collaborator: Hamish Spencer


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