Leader of a junior working group
Leader of the junior working group PlanktoSERV
I am an ecologist specialized in studying the consequences of global change for biological communities. I study the interactions between phytoplankton, microzooplankton, and mesozooplankton in micro- and mesocosm experiments. A major focus of my work is to strengthen the links between ecological stoichiometry, metabolic theory of ecology, and trait-based ecology in order to investigate the impact of global change on food web structure and dynamics. My work demonstrates that simultaneous changes in different abiotic parameters can act in unpredictable synergistic ways that drive food web dynamics which emphasizes the need to conduct multistressor experiments to understand how food webs will function in the future. This is currently being done in the framework of PlanktoSERV in which my working group realistically assesses the impact of simultaneous changes in temperature, pH, nutrients, and salinity on plankton communities to provide a robust understanding of future ecosystem services alterations.
PACES II 2: Fragile coasts and shelf sea
PACES II 2.2: Species interactions in changing and exploited coastal seas
PACES II 2.3: Evolution and adaptation to climate change and anthropogenic stress in coastal and shelf systems