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Corina Brussaard, professor by special appointment of Viral Ecology at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

The American Academy of Microbiology selects its Fellows on the basis of academic excellence, originality and proven leadership in their area of microbiology research. In Professor Brussaard's case, this is the microbial ecology of coastal seas and oceans. Her research is largely focused on the role viruses play in the functioning of these micro-organisms and, by extension, the marine ecosystem as a whole. Brussaard: β€˜In my new role as a Fellow I will continue to endeavour to draw attention worldwide to the ecological significance – both quantitative and qualitative – of viruses for biodiversity and the productivity of the system, and for element cycles.’

Advisory role

The Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology are often called upon to provide their expertise and insights in advising the US government and other stakeholders on issues pertaining to crucial areas of microbiology. This is comparable to the role and position held by the members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in our country.


Corina Brussaard is a senior researcher at the department of Marine Microbiology & Biogeochemistry of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), and a professor by special appointment of Viral Ecology at the University of Amsterdam's Instituut voor Biodiversiteit en Ecosysteem Dynamica (IBED).