Staff Profile profile for danstu
Daniela is a PhD student, under the guidance of Dr Glen Wheeler (MBA), Professor Colin Brownlee (MBA), and Professor Toby Tyrell (University of Southampton). She is investigating the physiological differences between the calcification mechanisms carried out by coccolithophorid algae during their two distinct life cycle stages (haploid and diploid).
In addition to these laboratory studies, she will explore the distribution of the life cycle stages in the environment, via examination of samples obtained on research cruises and from the MBA’s weekly sampling regime in the Western English Channel.
She graduated from University of Plymouth with a 1st in BSc (Hons) Marine Biology & Oceanography. Her thesis focused on the evolution and development of the nervous system in ctenophores and was supervised by Dr Pawel Burkhardt from the Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology in Norway. Before starting her PhD, she was a visiting researcher at the Derriford Research Facility in Plymouth, investigating novel antimicrobials produced by bacteria living within deep-sea sponges.