I ask questions on how spatial-temporal variations in environmental gradients drive ecological patterns and processes of aquatic microbes, with the emphasis on developing and testing statistical methods to quantify how various processes influencing the species distribution, functional or phylogenetic biodiversity patterns. My main research tools include meta-analyses of self-obtained large microbial data sets, in-situ experiment setups and modelling methods from genes, genomes to species assemblages across lakes and streams. By cooperating with colleagues, my field sampling areas span from China, Spain, Finland, Norway, USA to Tanzania.

Areas of interest: Aquatic microbial ecology, Biogeography, Biogeochemistry