In this research theme, we study the structure and functioning of life at the sediment-water interface, in shallow freshwater and marine ecosystems. At this interface a multitude of biological, chemical and physical processes take place that sustain and modify benthic life that is formed by consortia of bacteria, algae, invertebrates, and macrophytes. Key questions are:
Our research often involves fieldwork combined with an experimental approach, and is carried out in systems ranging from agricultural ditches and shallow lakes to estuaries and tropical seagrass beds. Many projects are carried out in close cooperation with local water managers.
Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics