The Centre for Ocean Life at DTU Aqua, Technical University of Denmark, is offering a PhD scholarship in Fluid dynamics, evolution, and ecology of flagellate foraging. The PhD project is funded by the Innovative Training Network ITN PHYMOT.
Unicellular nanoflagellates play a key role in microbial food webs, by eating microbes, and by themselves being prey to zooplankton. The action of their flagella generates feeding currents to enhance prey encounter rates but the feeding flows at the same time exposes the flagellates to theuir rheotactic (flow sensing) predation predators. The evolution of the highly diverse flagellar arrangements, beat patterns and kinematics found among flagellates in the ocean is the result of the often-conflicting needs to feed, survive, and move.
The project aims at exploring and quantifying foraging trade-offs in nanoflagellates with diverse flagellar arrangements. Depending on the expertise and interests of the candidate, the PhD project can focus on different aspects of this topic, from CFD modelling and quantification of feeding flows by particle tracking or μ-PIV, to microscopic observations of foraging behavior or assessment of predation risk by incubation experiments and observations. Expert supervision is available on all aspects.
For more information on the scholarship, please visit the full announcement via the link below.