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Merrick Ekins

I am the collection manger of sessile marine invertebrates of the Queensland Museum. The main groupsI work on identifying adn describing new species are sponges, octocorals, ascidians and cnidaria. Current research is on describing new species of carnivorous sponges from the abyss.
Research also include population dynamics of sponges on deep sea mounts in the Pacific Ocean, and the connectivity between these seamounts.
I did my PhD on the population genetics of a fungus Sclerotinia infecting sunflowers in Australia

Merrick's work profile

Merrick works in the following sector(s): Collections Institution

Merrick's primary institution is: Queensland Museum

Merrick's position is: Collection Manager Sessile Marine Invertebrates

Merrick's work in taxonomy 

Merrick has the following roles: Collecting, Specimen preparation, Identification, Research, Collection Management, Information Management, Editing publishing and reviewing

Merrick's skills are in Species delimitation, Phylogenetics, Classification, Nomenclature, Genetics & Genomics, Population genetics, Biogeography, Bioinformatics, Imaging

Merrick works on the taxonomy of Animals, Sponges, Cnidaria, Tunicates, Fungi, Ascomycetes, Cladorhizidae

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