Ms Tessa Bradford
I am a PhD student associated with the Evolutionary Biology Unit at the SA museum and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide. My PhD supervisors are Assoc Prof Steve Cooper and Prof Andy Austin. My study organisms are subterranean diving beetles (Dytiscidae) and amphipods (Chiltoniidae), which are found in a single calcrete aquifer in the Yilgarn region of central Western Australia. I am interested in modes of speciation in these obligate subterranean invertebrates (stygofauna). The project aims to determine if the large and small beetles are occupying separate trophic niches and to investigate any phylogeographic structure for three new amphipod species discovered within the calcrete. This work was made possible by an Australian Research Council discovery grant to Steve Cooper and a University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences Divisional Scholarship.
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