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ECOTRAIT

Understanding the links between functional traits and ecological processes in lake Arcellinida (testate amoebae) (‘ECOTRAIT’)

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Project "ECOTRAIT" data sheet

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Coordinator
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST 

Organization address
address: UNIVERSITY ROAD LANYON BUILDING
city: BELFAST
postcode: BT7 1NN
website: www.qub.ac.uk

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website https://www.researchgate.net/project/ECOTRAIT-Understanding-the-links-between-functional-traits-and-ecological-processes-in-lake-Arcellinida-testate-lobose-amoebae
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2018-09-30

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1    THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST UK (BELFAST) coordinator 183˙454.00

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 Project objective

Testate amoebae, shelled unicellular eukaryotes, are common in freshwater and moist terrestrial environments. Their shells preserve well in the fossil record and species assemblages have been shown to be sensitive indicators of water quality change, and thus useful in environmental monitoring. Whilst the ecology of the group is reasonably well understood, a determination of their role in specific ecosystem processes has been hampered by taxonomic uncertainties. As the living cell quickly decays after death, taxonomic divisions have relied on shell morphology. This approach is problematic as genetic analysis has shown that some species display morphological plasticity, partially in response to environment, whilst other specimens with similar morphologies have been demonstrated to be distinct ‘cryptic’ species. This project will utilise techniques used by the two research communities to develop more refined methodologies to characterize test morphology (e.g., notably functional trait analysis) to provide a powerful new framework for understanding microbial food-webs and community responses to ecological stressors over multiple time-scales. Specifically, the project will apply these interdisciplinary methodologies to examine the controls on morphology in Arcellenida, the dominant testate amoebae found in lakes to: 1. examine causes of functional trait variability in modern and palaeolimnological settings; 2. develop novel biometric trait delimitation approaches using SEM imagery and 3D imaging software; 3. use genetic sequencing on select morphospecies, to test the hypothesis that variations in shell morphology are a response to environment; 4. evaluate the significance of trait-based approaches for understanding temporal changes in species composition. This research will significantly contribute to the training of the researcher, enhancing future career opportunities, as well as expanding the collaborative research network and skills of the host.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2017 AL Macumber, HM Roe, SV Prentice, CD Sayer, D Emson
The use of geometric morphometrics to delimit functional traits of freshwater Arcellinida: the \'ECOTRAIT\' Project
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Annual Meeting of the German Society for Protozoology 36th 2019-05-10
2018 AL Macumber, Q Blandenier, M Todorov, E Lara, SV Prentice, EAD Mitchell, HM Roe
The relationship between test morphology, ecology and phylogenetic placement of freshwater Arcellinida (lobose testate amoebae)
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International Symposium on Testate Amoebae (ISTA9) 9th 2019-05-10
2017 HM Roe, AL Macumber, SV Prentice, CD Sayer, D Emson
Understanding the links between functional traits and palaeoecological processes in lake Arcellinida (testate lobose amoebae): the \'ECOTRAIT\' Project
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PAGES OSM 2017, PAGES17-02340 2019-05-10
2018 AL Macumber, HR Roe, SV Prentice
Assessing the links between test morphology and the ecology of freshwater Arcellinida (testate lobose amoebae)
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Annual meeting of the German Society for Protozoology 37th 2019-05-10
2018 HM Roe, AL Macumber, SV Prentice, CD Sayer, D Emson
Exploring the links between functional traits and palaeoecological processes in lake Arcellinida: the \'ECOTRAIT\' Project
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International Symposium on Testate Amoebae (ISTA9) 9th 2019-05-10
2018 AL Macumber, HR Roe
Characterising morphological variability of freshwater lobose testate amoebae (Arcellinida) across a spatial gradient of nutrient enrichment
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International Symposium on Testate Amoebae (ISTA9) 9th 2019-05-10
2018 HM Roe, AL Macumber, F Iacoviella, DJG Lahr, PR Shearing
From inside the shell: applications of micro-computed tomography for the analysis of Arcellinida (testate lobose amoebae)
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International Symposium on Testate Amoebae (ISTA9) 9th 2019-05-10
2017 AL Macumber, HM Roe, SV Prentice, CD Sayer, D Emson
Delimitation of functional traits and intra-specific variability of test morphology in freshwater Arcellinida: the ‘ECOTRAIT’ Project
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International congress of protistology 15th 2019-05-10

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