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Biodiversity loss is one of the most severe challenges faced by the earth system today, with habitat loss being one of its main drivers. Although many countries are committed to the conservation of biodiversity, most of them focus on the conservation of species diversity and population size while neglecting the importance of genetic diversity. My research aims at incorporating evolutionary thinking into oyster reef conservation projects, with the objective of recreating habitats that are both functional and self-sustaining in the long run. I am also interested on studying the effect of oyster on the microbial community composition in marine sediments, with the hope of gaining mechanistic understanding on how oysters, as ecosystem engineers, shape the nutrient flux in coastal habitats.
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