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Changes in mollusc shell microstructure through time

Objective

What controls the fine-scale structure of the mollusc shell? How did the adaptability of shell microstructures contribute to major diversifications of the Mollusca? These are our primary research questions, and to answer them we will employ transmission and scanning electron microscopy (including x-ray and backscattered electron diffraction) to collect new information on mostly fossil but also modern molluscs. We will compile biologic and geologic data on Phanerozoic molluscs and analyse patterns with phylogenetics and statistics software, allowing tests of hypotheses about controls on shell microstructure and the nature of escalation between predators and mollusc prey.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/microscopy/electron microscopy

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IIF
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Funding Scheme

MC-IIF - International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 233 705,20
Administrative Contact
María Dolores Suárez Ortega (Prof.)