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Mukund Ramesh Gauthankar

PhD student

As a skilled microbiologist, now in the role of microbial limnologist, I delve deep into the icy depths of arctic lakes on a quest to uncover the secrets of these unique ecosystems. My research centers on understanding the flow of carbon within the food web, from the tiniest microorganisms to apex predators, using the stable isotope. I desire to study the critical roles of microorganisms, such as algae, bacteria, and protists, in the cycling of nutrients and energy and how changes in the arctic environment, like warming temperatures and permafrost thaw, may impact these microorganisms and the overall functioning of arctic lake ecosystems. My ultimate goal is to shed light on the delicate balance within arctic lakes, predict how they will respond to a changing climate, and ultimately, protect these fragile habitats. So, if you ever wondered how a lake could be a microcosm of the world, join me on this new journey; let me be your guide; I’ll show you how it all flows.
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