MR WILLIAM GILBERTSON
BSc Zoology/Marine Biology (1st Class Hons), University of Aberdeen
I am currently working on ecosystem processes in marine sediments, in particular nutrient cycling and nitrification. Benthic invertebrates have profound effects on sediment biogeochemistry that are reasonably well understood, but the microbial communities that carry out these processes have received much less attention. The aim of my PhD is to determine the interactions between benthic faunal activity (i.e. bioturbation) and microbial community structure and function.
2009: University of Aberdeen 6th Century PhD Studentship (36 months) "Effects of biogenic mixing and invertebrate-microbial interactions on ecosystem processes in marine sediments"
Gilbertson W, Solan M, Prosser JI. (2011). Differential effects of invertebrate burrowing on ammonia oxidising communities in marine sediments. Microbial Molecular Ecology Group meeting 2011 (Portsmouth, UK), Oral Communication.
Gilbertson W, Solan M, Prosser JI. (2011). Effects of bioturbation on ammonia oxidising communities in marine sediments. World Conference on Marine Biodiversity 2011 (Aberdeen, UK), Oral Communication.
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