CV / Scientific Career
Current Research Interests
Soil microorganisms are increasingly recognized for their role in the cycling of C and nutrients. Forest harvesting is a dramatic event in ecosystem development that may temporarily turn forest soil from C sink to C source. Tree harvesting – clear-cutting or selective cutting – also affects root-symbiotic fungi of trees that either form ectomycorrhizal association (ECM) fungi (e.g. with Fagus, Picea, Pinus), or arbuscular mycorrhizal association (AM) (e.g. with Acer, Fraxinus). Due to various levels of dependence on trees, fungi forming ECM, AM, and ERM associations are expected to differ in their response to harvesting. However, micro-Eukaryotes genetic potential is overlooked in microbial ecology studies.
My PhD project will tackle the study of the genetic potential of micro-Eukaryotes in natural ecosystems with a focus on functional diversity fluctuations caused by climate change and response to harvesting.