Yelena Churakova

Yelena Churakova

Doctoral student
Department of Biology and Environmental Science Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
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I am studying the contribution of various phytoplankton groups to the cycling of silicon in the Baltic Sea and other aquatic environments. Understanding the individual and cumulative contributions of known silicifiers, such as diatoms, and novel biosilicifiers like Synechococcus is important for constructing an accurate global biogeochemical silicon cycle. I do both lab and fieldwork and am currently focused on determining who plays a role in silicon cycling. My research is part of a larger project that is reexamining what is known about the evolution of biosilicification in organisms throughout Earth’s history.


Article in journal (Refereed)