I am a microbiology nerd with a particular interest in understanding the way marine microbes interact with one another and their surrounding environment. I am a practicing bioinformatician, familiar with the R language and command-line interface. My research interests are currently centred around microplastic pollution and how their introduction into global oceans impact existing marine microbiomes.
Role in AtlantECO
My work in the project pertains to exploring the interactions between microplastics and microbial (Plastisphere) communities through both amplicon and metagenomic analyses. By studying samples collected throughout the Atlantic Ocean as well as from the major rivers (Amazon and Equatorial Africa) that feed into it, we aim to identify the main members of the Plastisphere communities, explore their functional profiles, and better understand their pathways and dynamics across the different basins. Additionally, I contribute to the building of the genomic database pertaining to Plastisphere communities.
This work is performed under the supervision of Linda Amaral-Zettler and Raffaella Casotti, and contributes to Work Package 2, task 2.1.