I am a PhD student interested in marine benthic communities and how communities are influenced by human-imposed stresses. Benthic communities show an overall increasing complexity (biodiversity) from intertidal to deep-sea and each community responds differently to stresses. Key to understanding the effects of human-imposed stresses is the ability to measure biodiversity in a consistent and reliable way. Assessing the composition of marine benthic communities by traditional methods is time-consuming, requires highly specified knowledge and is often limited to certain groups of species. To fully understand benthic communities in a rapid manner, I apply a multi-disciplinary approach, combining traditional taxonomical methods with genetic methods (metabarcoding).
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