Jon Corell

devotes_a_conversation_with_Jon Corell
  ABOUT YOUR PhD
What is the aim of your PhD Research? The aim of my PhD is to compare the biodiversity and metabolic diversity of zooplankton samples from different locations and depthsl around the world, using genetic methods such as metabarcoding and metagenomics
What is the most appealing part of your PhD? The most interesting part of my PhD is the ability to do work that in the past used to be hard and mistrustful, using new top molecular techniques
  ABOUT THE PROJECT
How will your thesis contribute to DEVOTES project? My thesis research project will contribute to WP 4 (‘Innovative modelling tools’), by generating data for studying biodiversity connectivity across different seas, and to WP 5 (‘Innovative monitoring techniques’), by developing genetic based techniques for zooplankton monitoring
What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?  Until now my most important accomplishment is the identification of the best DNA extraction method for zooplankton complex samples, as well as an in silico primer analysis to identify the best combination for each particular case
What has been your most exciting experience in the project so far?  I have just return from a Genomics course held in Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic), which has been incredible in every part, professionally and personally. There, I have had multiple enriching interactions with both instructors and students who have given me incredible ideas and new lines for my project
What other important information about yourself would you like us to know? I finished my degree in Biology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) after spending my last year as an ERASMUS student at the Julius Maximilian Universität Würzbugr (Germany). There, I enrolled in a masters on Neurogenetics of behavior as well as in a project in the department of Neurogenetics and Sociobiology about Bombus terrestris (buff-tailed bumblebee) learning performance.