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Department of Zoology


I am interested in the role of freshwater mussels as ecosystem engineers, focusing on tropical freshwater ecosystems in Bangladesh.  My research investigates the use of freshwater mussels as a tool for bioremediation of eutrophic and polluted tropical waterbodies.  Alongside this I am exploring how this approach to ecological restoration can be harnessed to deliver economic and social benefits, through the harvesting and potential downstream uses of mussel biomass and associated products.  This includes investigating the potential for commercial freshwater pearl culture in mussels used for remediation, and the interactions between habitat quality, pearl production and mussels' ecosystem impacts.

I am supported by a Whitten Studentship in the Biology & Ecology of Asia.

PhD student