Xiaole Sun
Xiaole Sun

Together we further improve our understanding of ecosystem functioning in the Baltic Sea

"I think the best part working with researchers from University of Helsinki is that our knowledge and expertise compliment each other’s research. We at Baltic Sea Center have lots of experiences in biogeochemistry, including isotope technique and modelling, while researchers at University of Helsinki are experts in marine biology and ecology. Beside knowledge, the field research stations, Askö at our Baltic Sea Center and Tvärminne at University of Helsinki also offer us an ideal place to conduct field work in the Baltic Sea and a variety of lab experiments. By bringing all these knowledge, skills and field research stations together, we further improve our understanding of ecosystem functioning in the Baltic Sea, which hopefully provide important scientific evidence for management of the Baltic Sea. ", Xiaole Sun says.

Several ongoing collaboration projects

"We have developed several projects together including new Phd students. The recent trip with the new research vessel, Electra, to Tvärminne Station in June was really sucessful, we run through several stations in the coastal areas of the Baltic Sea, not only collected lots of field data that are important background data for our research, but also took lots of samples that were brought back to the lab for further analysis. The results will allow us to better understand the carbon cycling in this highly dynamic coastal areas as well as how ecosystem functions. Another ongoing project is a review paper that we are working on together, and it will be submitted in the near future. This paper aims to review coupling between biogeochemistry and biology in coastal areas and how to model various processes at the benthic layer of marine systems including the current achievements and challenges."

"In addition, there are also coming projects that we are developing to set up a full carbon budget for coastal area, including food web studies and isotope-based geochemical measurements.  I am very happy that I joined the collaboration between Stockholm university and Helsinki university and I look forward to going back to work after my maternity leave and working on those exciting projects."