Mike Cicero, Forensic Science and Biology Program
“Development of Genetic Markers for Polydora cornuta (Annelida: Polychaeta) for Population Ecology Studies”
The objective of this research is to perform mitochondrial and nuclear DNA analyses to develop genetic markers for the Polydora cornuta that can be used to investigate patterns of genetic variations among and within populations in the New England region. This work will add to the little information that is available on the population genetics of polychaete annelids which are major components of coastal ecosystems. The work will provide tools to allow genetic differences among populations that are responsible for varying responses to disturbances and environmental conditions.