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Muhammad Syafiq Musa

Muhammad Syafiq Musa, scuba diving

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Lesser spotted cat shark

I am a PhD student from Malaysia funded by the Ministry of Education Malaysia, which is supervised by Dr Holly Shiels and Dr John Fitzpatrick. My work on the Shiels Lab in the University of Manchester is focused on the effect of climate change on Elasmobranchs: the Small-spotted Catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) and the Thornback Ray (Raja clavata) growth and physiology starting from early life. Growth, development, metabolism, swimming and cardiac performances will be monitored non-invasively for both species under current UK coastal waters conditions and when temperature and dissolved gases (hypoxia and hypercapnia) are altered to match those predicted in 2100. This study will contribute to our understanding of the impacts of climate change on the resilience, adaptability and survivability of marine elasmobranchs under future climate change.

I gained my MSc and BSc (Hons) from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) major in Marine Biology. Previously, I studied the behaviour, biological feeding, reproduction and environmental preferences of Mudskippers: the Giant Mudskipper (Periophthalmodon schlosseri), the Blue-spotted Mudskipper (Boleophthalmus boddarti) and the Gold-spotted Mudskipper (Periophthalmus chrysospilos).

Other interests: Scuba diving, underwater and macro photography, exotic invertebrate pets and drawing.