Storme de Scally, a student at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, won the best oral presentation at the 2017 Annual Genetics Postgraduate Student Symposium.
Storme is currently in the final stages of her Master's degree in Genetics which focusses on determining the effects of ocean acidification (a decrease in ocean pH caused by increasing industrial carbon dioxide) on marine microbial communities and their functions. Microorganisms are essenial ecosystem drivers within ocean systems, playing crucial roles in nutrient cycling. It is therefore imperative to study and monitor microbial community composition, as changes in community structure could impact function, with potential negative effects on ocean processes.
For more information, please download Storme's abstract below.