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We strive to combine fundamental questions in ecology and evolution with pragmatic questions and technological applications in environmental sciences.

Our current research follows three main themes:

1) the ecological and evolutionary responses of aquatic microorganisms, including phytoplankton, to global changes, contributing to the prediction of changes in processes in oceans and freshwater ecosystems.

2) the study of microbial biogeography and evolutionary trade-offs using extremophiles found in benign environments as a model system.

3) the study of evolution in the context of complex communities, including the coral holobiont.

 

elowde[at]essex.ac.uk