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Project data summary
Project ID: ABRS_RFL213-08
Type: Research Grant
Funding: Australian Biological Resources Study
Amount: $135K
Period: 2013-2016
Proposal: ABRS_RFL213-08.pdf
Molecular systematics of the siphonous green algae

The siphonous green algae are very common along tropical and temperate Australian shorelines. This project will investigate how many species of this group there are in Australia, how they can be identified using DNA sequences and morphological characters, and how the different species are related to one another in an evolutionary context. The gained knowledge will benefit Australia because they form the baseline for identification of introduced species that could potentially harm marine ecosystems. It will also provide new insights in the diversity of limestone-boring algae, which play a key role in the health of the Great Barrier Reef. For more information, please read the project proposal.

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Activity log
2013-06-22 Project has been approved for funding.
2013-09-15 12-day algal identification workshop in Noumea.
2013-10-30 HV presented results in seminar at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (SlideShare).
2013-Nov-Dec Field work in Victoria: Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale, Portland.
2014-02-14 Publication about morphological complexity, plasticity, and species diagnosability in Journal of Phycology (doi, pdf).
2014-04-07 Chiela Cremen started a PhD on this project.
2014-04-16 HV presented results about diversity of limestone-boring algae in a seminar at University of Technology Sydney (SlideShare).
2014-04-24 HV presented results about diversity of limestone-boring algae in a seminar at Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS, Townsville) (SlideShare).
2014-05-22 HV presented results about morphological complexity, plasticity, and species diagnosability at Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland OR, USA (SlideShare).
2014-06-05 Review paper about DNA-based species delimitation in European Journal of Phycology (doi, pdf).
2014-07-01 Launch of "Marine Plants of Madang" web site (link), showcasing many tropical Australasian siphonous green algae.