Maaike Dhondt

MSc student
Biology – Global Change Ecology, Universiteit Gent
Member of the APECS Belgium board


Maaike Dhondt

For her bachelor thesis she analysed DNA data from bedrock samples from Antarctica to see whether microbial communities were different according to bedrock type or location. This first look into polar research made her very curious for more. Now she is a first year MSc student in Biology, Global Change Ecology at Ghent University. For her master thesis she will be working on DNA data from biological soil crusts from Svalbard. The aim of the project will be to investigate the effects of environmental factors on these biological soil crusts along developmental stages in glacier forefields. The data could help predicting early responses of polar deserts to climate change and their altered ecological and biogeochemical functions.