Currently working on the FaCE-It project (Functional biodiversity in a changing sedimentary environment: implications for biogeochemistry and food webs in a managerial setting). In this project we investigate how changes in marine sediment lead to changes in biogeochemistry and benthic functioning, in the Belgian Part of the North Sea.
My work in FaCE-It is to develop mechanistic model descriptions (in the R programming language) of sediment biogeochemistry and food webs for various soft and hard substrates. For these models the field and experimental data is used to parametrize process rates, initial conditions, and model boundaries. These models will be upscaled to the SBNS area, and coupled to the hydrodynamic model in development.