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Diving in the dark: Morphological diversity of subterranean beetles

subterranean beetles from the Sturt Meadows (SM) calcrete

Subterranean beetles from the Sturt Meadows calcrete

Immerse yourself in the strange world of Australia’s cave dwelling, subterranean beetles and learn sophisticated methods to research their morphological diversity and explore how this morphological diversity may have evolved.

This project will train you in cutting-edge morphometric methods, the statistical analysis of shape, and give you experience in museum collections. 

Supervisor Dr Emma Sherratt is an expert is the statistical analysis of shape. Co-supervisor Professor Steve Cooper is a geneticist that studies speciation in underground desert aquifers.

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Tagged in Honours projects - Evolution and palaeobiology, Honours projects - Ecology and environmental science, Honours projects - Emma Sherratt, Honours projects - Steve Cooper

Competition: Young Scientist of the Year

How do we feed the world’s growing population? How do we save our wildlife from extinction? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?

Australian high school students are invited to submit a short video about one of Australia’s big science challenges.

Video competition