Essay about Application for a Grant to Stay at University of Rostock

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This proposal presents a research project for a 2-month stay at the University of Rostock (Germany) as part of my doctoral studies. As a PhD student in Ecology at the University of Malaga, where I have developed my scientific background for the last three years, there are several reasons why I think I am an eligible candidate for this research grant. The topics and techniques that would be covered in the proposed research stay perfectly suit to my background, experience and research interests. As Environmental Scientist I am used to think under a holistic approach and work in multidisciplinary teams, including at International level. My postgraduate training on Advanced Biotechnology enables me to understand and keep on learning about the…show more content…
The results obtained in my thesis so far revealed that the red macroalgae Bostrychia scorpioides (Hudson) and Catenella caespitosa (Withering) from Palmones estuary (South Spain) have distinct capacities for acquiring nutrients and light, which partially explains their spatial segregation in the intertidal zone. However, the physiological responses of these two species to salinity, desiccation and ultraviolet radiation (UV), which still remain unknown, would be studied during the research stay project in Germany. This research goal perfectly suits the expertise of the Applied Ecology and Phycology research group at the University of Rostock. During the research stay we plan to conduct several salinity experiments on Spanish specimens of both red seaweeds for the measurement of photosynthetic responses and the quantitative and qualitative determination of organic osmolytes and sunscreen compounds (MAAs). These methods might afterwards be implemented in my home laboratory to keep on researching in this field to develop future studies and collaborations. Since I would like to pursue a research career abroad in the future I think that knowing more about the German academic system and their research activities leaves a door open to future collaborations. I strongly believe that the research stay would enrich my experience as a young researcher and would help me growth as a person, through the experience of living abroad and getting to know the German people and
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