Rob Schmitz

ROBS

Function:

PhD student

Telephone:
024-3652566

E-mail:
r.schmitz@science.ru.nl

Time frame
2017-2021

Project(s)
Microbiology of extremely acidic terrestrial volcanic ecosystems

Short description project(s)
Terrestrial volcanic ecosystems are known to emit large amounts of many different sulfur compounds. From some of these compounds, sulfuric acid is produced by microorganisms, creating an extremely acidic environment in which only the acidophiles can thrive. Samples have been taken from fumaroles and mud pots in Italy, which are characterised by their low pH (1-3) and high temperature (50-100 °C). The aim of my PhD project is to understand which microbes live in these terrestrial volcanic ecosystems, if they contribute to sulfur cycling in these systems and how they are able to do so. In order to achieve this, I will use physiological, biochemical and genomic methods. After my PhD project, I hope to have contributed significantly to our knowledge of microbial activity in these hostile, but extremely interesting ecosystems.

Supervisor
Prof. dr. Huub J.M. Op den Camp
Dr. Arjan Pol

Promotor
Prof. dr. ir. Mike Jetten