Bishop Group

Biology & invasion ecology of sessile marine animals

Marine non-native species, introduced beyond their natural geographical range by human activities, pose serious threats to native species and ecosystems and can damage both human health and economic interests.
Sessile marine animals have lifestyles unseen in the terrestrial environment. Studying their reproduction and development provide fascinating insights into the evolution of sex, gender allocation and ageing, while ascidians in particular can cast light on vertebrate origins.