Research

My main research interest is phytoplankton ecology and evolution, specifically the role of the various life stages plays for a population’s survival, population ecology, and how genetic populations disperse geographically and over time. I have for several years been studying the dynamics between planktonic and benthic resting stages of phytoplankton. Within the scope of my research, I try to understand how algal blooms are initiated, the spatial and temporal extent of a population, and how phytoplankton interact with lower and higher trophic levels in the marine food chain.
Together with graduate students, post-docs, national and international colleagues, we perform laboratory, mesocosm and field studies. In our toolbox you’ll find conventional methods, refinements of these, and several applications of molecular techniques such as QPCR, microsatellites and DNA sequencing.