My scientific work is centred around studying the autecological responses of ice algae to changing environmental conditions in the Arctic.
As part of Diatom-ARCTIC, I am developing the representations of the physical and biogeochemical processes in the BFM-SI (Biogeochemical Flux Model – Sea Ice), and testing/constraining the model using data from laboratory experiments and observational data.
The application of BFM-SI on habitat and regional scales allows for assessing the production potential of discrete sea ice habitats (level first-year, ridged ice, multiyear) under varying environmental conditions. This work will in turn allow for making series of projections of future changes in algal chl-a and production in the Arctic.
Diatom-ARCTIC is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by NERC.