Vahid Sepahvand

Marine biologist

University of Otago

PhD candidate

Vahid Sepahvand is a PhD candidate investigating the processes driving phylogeographic patterns in the Ross Sea. He is using single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data, generated by Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS), to provide broad and fine-scale resolution of population structuring within several microbenthic taxa, including molluscs, crustaceans, echinoderms and fish.

This research will shed light on how environmental parameters affect, and how environmental change will impact, population connectivity in the Antarctic, and will inform the management of natural populations in a world that is rapidly changing.

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