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Marius Buydens
PhD Student

Research interests:

  • Arctic
  • Deep-sea
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Benthos


Contact Info
MSc, Geology, Ghent University (2017)
MSc, Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management, VUB (2019)
Research Question
How are benthic ecosystems and functions altered by retreating glaciers?

Greenland’s Ice Sheet is melting at an eye-watering pace as climate change relentlessly progresses under the business-as-usual scenario. Ultimately, Greenland’s marine-terminating glaciers will retreat on land, likely leaving behind drastically altered marine fjord ecosystems. Since marine-terminating glaciers induce upwelling, which sustains high productivity in their respective fjords, a significant negative impact is expected on the fjords’ ecosystems and essential ecosystem services when these glaciers become land-terminating. The IMAGIN project, therefore, seeks to uncover the implications of disappearing marine-terminating glaciers on benthic fjord communities and to what extent the ability of the fjords to sequester carbon is affected.

Prof. Ann Vanreusel, Prof. Ulrike Braekman, Prof. Karline Soetaert, Dr. Lorenz Meire
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