Freshwater ecology: algae, wetlands and biodiversity

Welcome to my website! I am a freshwater ecologist at Florida International University doing research on algae in subtropical wetlands, such as the Everglades and the Okavango Delta (Botswana). I obtained an MSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of Milano Bicocca and a Ph.D. in Freshwater Ecology at the Environmental Change Research Centre, University College London.

My main interests are the ecology, taxonomy and distribution of algae (such as diatoms and desmids) in relation to hydrology, nutrient concentrations and habitat. More broadly, I am passionate about biodiversity, conservation and climate change.

I work in Dr. Evelyn Gaiser’s research group in the School of Environment, Arts and Society and Southeast Environmental Research Center. For more information please visit our lab page http://algae.fiu.edu and the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Network website. We also have a “Diatom of the month” blog series: http://floridacoastaleverglades.blogspot.com.

On February 2nd, it was World Wetlands Day. More than 1 billion people make a living from wetlands, but too many have already been destroyed. We need to study and talk about wetlands to conserve them and use their resources as sustainably as possible #WorldWetlandsDay #WetlandsForOurFuture

Algae are at the base of the food webs of wetlands, lakes, rivers and seas so they too need our scientific and public attention because they give people oxygen, food and other so called ‘ecosystem services’ such as water purification. Let’s not forget about these invisible organisms so precious for all life on Earth!

Get to know more about diatoms: http://fcelter.fiu.edu/data/database/diatom/;

http://westerndiatoms.colorado.edu/ & desmids: http://www.desmids.nl/

 

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