Helen Decleyre

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The PhD study of Helen will focus on bacteria in the intertidal sediments of Paulinapolder tidal flat in the Scheldt estuary. She will study the whole community present by pyrosequencing and focus on the nitrogen cycle through cultivation and characterization of bacteria. In a joint research GOA project, this work will be integrated with studies on the same site by researchers from the Biology Department who specialize in microphytobenthos, protists, meio- and macrobenthos. Joint experiments will be performed to address the specific questions into the role of biodiversity in the functioning of the marine benthic ecosystems.