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Konstantinos A Kormas
After graduating from the Biology Dept of the University of Athens, Greece, in 1994 I jumped immediately to my PhD dealing with benthic-pelagic coupling, until 1998. In 2000, I spent six months working on coastal Cyanobacteria at the Trondhjem Biological Station. Between October 2000 and September 2002 I worked as a post-doc at the lab of Andreas Teske, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA. Upon my return to Greece, I worked for ca. 2.5 years as a research associate at my old lab where I did my PhD. In March 2005 I was appointed as an Assistant Professor of aquatic microbial ecology at the Department of Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment, University of Thessaly, Greece. Since August 2010 I am Associate Professor at the same department.
In my lab we investigate patterns and processes that underpin the distribution and abundance of microorganisms in different habitats of the aquatic environment. Some of our quests deal with the following:
- How do aquatic microbial communities assemble?
- Which members of the microbial trophic web are the key players in defining and maintaining community structure?
- How do these trophic links change over time?
- What is the role of spatial structure in regulating the community’s stability?
- How do abiotic parameters regulate ecosystem functioning of microbial processes?
- What types of association exist between prokaryotes and aquatic invertebrates?