My research focuses on the spatial and temporal dynamics of microbial communities in the back barrier tidal flats of the East Frisian Island of Spiekeroog. Biomass, community composition, and trait-based changes in response to environmental perturbation and extreme events, like heatwaves or storms, are studied.
Functional Traits – Microbial communities – Microphytobenthos – Biodiversity – Heat waves
Spatial community ecology in highly dynamic landscapes: from island biogeography to metaecosystems. DFG (German Research Foundation) funded project.
Fiegel, L.J., Kellermann, M.Y., Nietzer, S., Petersen, L.-E., Smykala, M., Bickmeyer, U., and Schupp, P.J. (2023). Detailed visualization of settlement and early development in Leptastrea purpurea reveals distinct bio-optical features. Frontiers in Marine Science 10. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2023.984656
Plum, C., Möller, F.-M., Smykala, M., and Moorthi, S. (2023). Elemental composition and stoichiometry of krill and salps. Journal of Plankton Research. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbad005
M.S., Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg, 2019-2022
B.S., Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg, 2016-2020