My research focuses on the ecology of plankton, more particularly life history aspects, species and community diversity, and factors influencing plankton community composition.
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For my current project, I am investigating the impact of bacteria-phytoplankton interactions on the structure and functions of marine microbial communities. I am studing co-occurence of bacterial taxa and phytoplankton species, to identify species interactions. And I plan to study the bacterial metabolism involved in species specific interactions with phytoplankton species. For this project, I am currently stationed at the Marine Biological Association of the UK, in Plymouth (UK).
During my 1st postdoc, I studied the impact of increase water color and organic matter concentrations on the structure and functions of freshwater plankton communities (bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton). I was also intrested in the biogeography of Gonyostomum semen, and the importance of light conditions and quality of organic matter on on this phytoplankton species.
During my PhD, I studied the life history and dispersal pattern of the invasive phytoplankton Gonyostomum semen using population genetic and phylogeographic tools. In addition, I investigated the grazing pressure on this species, showing that only limited grazing pressure apply on Gonyostomum, potentially helping this species to form dense populations.
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