Biotic interactions across size classes as structuring factors for marine benthic ecosystem functioning

Completed: January 2011 - December 2014

We will investigate how the activities of macrobenthic ecosystem engineers cascade in the creation of microhabitats, thereby structuring diversity and community composition of microbial communities. Focus will be on nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria and Archaea. At the same time, important ecosystem functions will be measured in order to provide insights in the direct relations between macrobenthos - microbial communities - ecosystem functioning.