Integrated approaches to investigate the role of soft and hard substrate benthos in ecosystem functioning: from field observations and experiments to modeling and indicator developmentExternal

Activity Overview

Type: Capacity building and training
, Type: Course
Start Date: July 17, 2017
End Date: July 21, 2017
Venue: STARESO Research Station, Calvi, Corsica, France
Website: Summer/ Winter schools
Contact: Dr. Jan Vanaverbeke
E-mail: Jvanaverbeke [at]

Within this summer school, PhD students and early post-docs will be initiated in experimental methodology to investigate the effect of animal activity on biogeochemical cycling in both sediments and the water column. Class-room lectures will provide participants with an overview on the recent developments in the research field and will be combined with hands-on experiments on both hard- and soft substrate biogeochemical cycling (optode and electrode techniques, nutrient cycling, bio-irrigation) using state-of-the art experimental equipment. Lectures on ecosystem and oceanographic modeling will show how local processes can be scaled up to regional scales. Finally, students will be initiated in the application of obtained results in a managerial context by means of ecosystem indicators.

The organizing committee is currently requesting funding for travel grants. When made available, these grants will be used to reimburse part of the subscription fee. Registered participants will be informed about the reimbursement as soon as the funding for travel grants is available.