Paul Rijskamp

Student Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University

Project description

My name is Paul and I am a marine biologist stranded in the desert. Since the ocean is not really next door I focus my research here in Spain on smaller water bodies, namely ponds. Every single pond contains more life than we can imagine. Tiny alien-like creatures with most remarkable shapes dwell in these habitats. The presence of certain species can be linked to the quality of the water. Dragonflies, for example, are rather picky and only lay their eggs in water of high quality. Furthermore, animals and plants can affect the state of the pond and promote or prohibit clear water. I will use animals as water quality indicators and will research if the introduction of certain plants can influence the development of healthy ecosystems in newly dug ponds.

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