Research interests

Ecology (distribution, diversity, resistance, resilience, niches, selection, adaptation) of microbes (nitrifiers, methanotrophs, methanogens, sulphate reducers, iron oxidisers, archaea) in water-saturated soils and sediments. The main research questions addressed are:

  • What is the role of microbial diversity in geochemical cycling?
  • Does microbial diversity play a role in resistance and resilience of microbial communities against perturbations?
  • Impact of herbivory on methane cycling in wetlands
  • What is the importance of methane as energy source in aquatic foodwebs?
  • Can microbial functional groups be used as bio-indicators?

Research output

  1. Decomposition of mixtures of cover crop residues increases microbial functional diversity

    Research output: Contribution to journal/periodicalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Ethyl tert-butyl ether (EtBE) degradation by an algal-bacterial culture obtained from contaminated groundwater

    Research output: Contribution to journal/periodicalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Methanotroph Ecology, Environmental distribution and functioning.

    Research output: Chapter in book/volumeChapterScientificpeer-review

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Activities

  1. Annual fall meeting of the Microbial Ecology section of the Netherlands Society for Microbiology

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

  2. European Research Council (ERC) (External organisation)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of research review committee

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