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#1 2013-01-10 18:17:23

vburton82
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Name: Victoria Burton
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Looking for inspiration for MSc Project

Greetings Dipterists

I am studying for the MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity at the Natural History Museum/Imperial College and would like to study flies for my project. Erica suggested asking on the Forum for ideas as you have been very helpful to other students on the course in the past.

Calyperates are my favourite group but I am more concerned the topic has potential for what is a relatively short (4 month) project than the specific group it is on. I am open to the the type of project although I am not keen on collecting my own molecular data as I have problems with my wrist and find pipetting difficult.

Many thanks for any suggestions you may have.

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#2 2013-01-11 13:23:48

KenMerrifield
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Re: Looking for inspiration for MSc Project

The books that include Diptera in the Naturalistsí Handbooks" series, from The Richmond Publishing Co. Ltd. Often give suggestion for projects.

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#3 2013-01-11 15:08:44

vburton82
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Re: Looking for inspiration for MSc Project

Thanks Ken I will check them out.


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#4 2013-01-11 18:27:44

Gordon
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Name: Gordon Bryden
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Re: Looking for inspiration for MSc Project

A lot of species have very little known about their life histories, especially the larval stages. It would be worthwhile working out the detailed habitat requirement for something on the BAP list for instance, as it's much easier to conserve something when it's life-cycle is known.

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#5 2013-01-11 19:51:09

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Re: Looking for inspiration for MSc Project

If you are keen on doing some field work early in the year you might consider doing a project on Egle.

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#6 2013-01-11 19:56:15

Mark
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Re: Looking for inspiration for MSc Project

BAP would be good - but given how rare most are, these would be difficult in a four month project?

Most Tachinidae have interesting life cycles?

Maybe looking at the Tachinids that lay their eggs on leaves, and ways the host tried avoid them and the Tachinid get bast any countermeasures, or something akin to that?

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#7 2013-01-14 17:13:19

vburton82
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Name: Victoria Burton
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Registered: 2010-04-25
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Re: Looking for inspiration for MSc Project

I had the same concern over doing a BAP species, although this would be very worthwhile.

Egle may fit nicely with the time scale, and I am fond of Anthomyiidae and also like rearing leafminers and galls so thought about Pegomya but think a former student has already done that, although perhaps I could look at Chirosia.

Must be lots of possibilities with Tachinidae too, will do some research.

Thanks for all your help. I am meeting with Erica and Nigel at the museum next week too.


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