Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research

UUNIOZ_Impact of microphytobenthos

Impact of microphytobenthos on C, N, P and Si cycling in dynamic intertidal systems

Intertidal euphotic sediments experience large and rapid fluctuations driven by tides and variation in light. We will study sediment biogeochemistry under such fluctuating conditions, focusing on the impact of microphytobenthos (MPB). Fieldwork will elucidate the controlling influence of MPB on sediment biogeochemistry in different physical settings (inundation, sediment type). Controlled lab experiments will unravel the impact of fluctuations on sediment biogeochemistry. The datasets will serve to create a new class of sediment models that explicitly couple microbiology and geochemistry. These models will be useful tools to evaluate the microbiological paradigm that 'everything is everywhere, but the environment selects'.

Low tide at the Wadden sea, The Netherlands. Photo: Jurjen Veerman

Joint research

This project is part of the joint research of Utrecht University and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research concerning the functioning of (coastal) seas and oceans.  Pairs of scienists will carry out interdisciplinary research into pressing scientific and societal issues that tie in with the strategic themes of both organisations. In addition to the Faculties of Science and Geosciences, also the Faculties of Law, Economics and Governance, and Veterinary Medicine of the UU are involved. The projects are part of the agreement to intensify the collaboration UU-NIOZ (2016-2025), funded by UU.

Project information

Research leaders 
Tjisse van der Heide (NIOZ)
Angeles Garcia Mayor (Utrecht University)

Theme 
Our Dynamic Coasts
Sustainable functioning of Coastal and Shelf Seas

UU-NIOZ project page
For more information on this project and other UU-NIOZ projects, visit the joint UU-NIOZ project page 

Meet the team
Below you find the NIOZ employee(s) working in this team. For a complete overview including Utrecht University team members visit the joint UU-NIOZ project page 

Project information
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Utrecht University
Duration:
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
Partner
  • Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Meet the team

 
Soetaert, Karline
Research Leader

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