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Biogeochemistry Research Group

Our research focuses on the study of processes affecting the transport, fate and impact of chemical species, including contaminants, in aquatic ecosystems. These studies aim to increase, for example, our understanding of carbon and nutrient transport, bioavailability and reactivity in the aquatic environment. Our ultimate goal is to comprehend ecosystem functional plasticity in response to anthropogenic pressure, climate change and biological activity, leading to increased knowledge on the resilience of marine systems to environmental change.

Our activities follow six cross-cutting research threads. We study the environment by employing a wide range of observational, quantitative and qualitative methods, from in-situ techniques like micro sensors to earth observation using satellite data. Our research into the function of ecosystems spans inland lakes to deep sea systems (click on the frames to know more)

Dr Carlos Rocha

Principal Investigator in the Biogeochemistry Research Group.

My personal interest focuses on the study of biogeochemical “hot” spots and moments. My research hence deals with fundamental problems of aquatic biogeochemistry that cut across traditional boundaries in the environmental sciences, (e.g. geochemistry, oceanography, hydrogeology, marine and microbial ecology, hydrology and the physics of fluids underpinning transport and reaction through porous media).

Since 2005, my main research effort has been the study of coastal systems hosting Submarine Groundwater Discharge (SGD), aiming to understand solute transfer dynamics and ecological impact in receiving ecosystems.

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