Professor Dr. Tom J. Battin
Chair of Limnology
My principal interest is the microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of stream ecosystems. I am particularly intrigued by microbial biofilms and their consequences for ecosystem functions in streams. Research is interdisciplinary and blends microbial ecology, carbon and nutrient biogeochemistry and hydrodynamics, and ranges from the micrometer to the multimeter scale. This approach should contribute to the dialogue between microbial ecology and ecological theory.
Current research focuses on the interplay between landscape heterogeneity, biofilm architecture and ecosystem performance such as metabolism, nutrient retention and particle transport and fate. We use various microcosms and mesocosms such as large stream-side flumes to study these interactions experimentally.