Karl Cottenie

Email Address
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Research Description

I started out as an freshwater ecologist focusing on the interaction between local environmental processes and regional dispersal processes. I developed a strong interest in the applications of statistical (multivariate) analyses and R which led me to focus on analysing existing data sets and meta-analyses. This "forced" me to collaborate on a wide variety of systems, from bacteria to mammals.

Research Summary

In the next 5 years, I will shift my research strategy by consolidating 4 streams of my past research: temporal dynamics, host-symbiont interactions, small mammal metacommunity dynamics, and DNA-based species identification and bioinformatics. I will focus on a study system that combines my past strengths in metacommunity ecology at multiple scales, but will apply them to a novel system: microbial metacommunities nested within a matrix of metacommunity of different host species.

Techniques Used

Multivariate analysis, meta-analysis, molecular identification, computational ecology.

Lab Equipment

Stereomicroscope, microscope.

Locations of international collaborators

Texas (USA)

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