Susana Santos


Susana Santos


My research focuses on environmental microbial community structure and function of diferent environments, with strong focus on microeukaryotes. I am interested in understanding the unknown diversity and functional roles of organisms, their biogeography, the response of microorganisms communities to natural gradients, and the effects of human activities on ecosystems. An important focus of my research is on relationships among bacteria and protist in soil. Understanding of how ‘top’ communities of protists affect bacteria at natural concentrations over long timescales is critical to understand certain ecosystem functions. This research has practical implications for environmental management and ecosystem services.

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