Yelena Churakova

Yelena Churakova

Institutionen för biologi och miljö Fakulteten för hälso- och livsvetenskap
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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. My research involves both lab and fieldwork and I 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.


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