Dr. E.R. (Ellard) Hunting
- Community Ecology
- Microbial Ecology
- Functional Traits
- Ecosystem Functioning
|Telephone number:||+31 (0)71 527 7475|
|Faculty / Department:||Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen, Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden, CML/Conservation Biology|
Van Steenis gebouw
2333 CC Leiden
Room number a302
Ellard has a keen interest in the fundamental aspects of community ecology, ecosystem functioning and novel approaches to monitor and assess the ecological quality of ecosystems, and how these developments can be translated into policy and environmental stewardship.
His research efforts focused on various fundamental aspects of how invertebrates traits modify electrochemical conditions, bacterial (functional) diversity and organic matter processing in soft bottom sediments, as well as how the chemical composition of organic matter influences the performances of bacteria and invertebrates in temperate and tropical environments. In addition, he has developed new methods and technical advancements that facilitate and improve the study and monitoring of ecosystem functioning.
Currently his work aims to increase our understanding of how spatial distributions and functional characteristics of aquatic communities are governed by a variety of biotic and abiotic variables, and how these components relate to the integrity of ecosystem processes.
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