The department of Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology aspires
to be an international center of excellence in biological
research at the sediment water interface. The overarching goal
is to understand the biocomplexity, arising from the multitude
of biological, physical and chemical processes that sustain and
modify benthic life formed by compact consortia of specialized
micro-algae, bacteria and (burrowing) invertebrates.
Individual organisms, populations of species and multi-trophic consortia depend on, interact with and adapt to abiotic processes, such as diffusion of oxygen, and sedimentation of silt and detritus. Simultaneously, biota modifies also these processes through their activities and natural conditions are strongly modified by man-made perturbation. In field and experimental studies, we search for new theories to describe the complexity associated the sediment water interface.