School of Natural and Environmental Sciences


Piezophilic adaptation in deep sea amphipods

This study will provide the first genome-wide insights into the evolutionary adaptations that have occurred in deep sea organisms to cope with the high hydrostatic pressure. Using state-of-the-art analytical approaches it exploits a globally unique sample set to characterise variation of RNA sequence and secondary structure from the transcriptomes of several species of Lysianassoid amphipods that cover the complete bathymetric range of the Mariana trench. The overarching aim of this application is to understand better the evolutionary adaptations that have accumulated to cope with life at full ocean depth.