Dr. Julian Smith III
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biology
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The phylum Gastrotricha is comprised of small aquatic organisms that live in between sand grains. It has been shown that meiofauna communities can play valuable roles in ecosystems and serve as a food source for animals higher up the trophic levels. However, little is known about their own feeding behavior which this study is concerned about. Over the summer developments were made in the methodical sections for diet diagnostic PCR for marine bacterial strains, unicellular marine eukaryotes, and investigating different types of immunofluorescence for marine bacteria. We also plan at looking at the number of sarcomeres within the pharynx of these animals to see if there is a correlation between the number of sarcomeres and their feeding habits.
Anfinson, Mikhail, "Diet Analysis of Gastrotricha" (2020). S.U.R.E Posters. 14.