Daniel Moore is currently conducting research for his PhD at Durham University, UK. His doctoral research focusses on ‘The influence of environmental boundaries on the evolution of marine vertebrates’. This project is being conducted under the supervision of Prof. Rus Hoelzel (Durham University) and in collaboration with Prof. João Pedro da Silva Ramos Barreiros (cE3c).
The principle aim of this research is to better understand how marine environmental boundaries such as oceanographic frontal systems can influence the genetic population structure of marine vertebrates. For this Daniel is examining the Yellowmouth Barracuda, Sphyraena viridensis, and the Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, as model species across the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic. In particular this project examines the role of the Almeria-Oran and Siculo-Tunisian frontal systems in potential genetic discrimination of these species. This project makes use of next-generation genomic sequencing techniques (ddRADseq) and Stable Isotope Analysis (SIA) to investigate genetic population structure and trophic influences respectively. Such work is essential to better understand fundamental evolutionary drivers in marine systems as well as to better allocate conservation resources for the species examined.