Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Microbial Ecology

Location: Lake Banyoles


This study provides a comprehensive introduction to microbial organisms, including bacteria, algae, phytoplankton and zooplankton. Students will become familiar with various forms of microbial metabolism, such as photosynthesis, respiration, sulphur metabolism, and iron metabolism. Students will measure biotic and abiotic variables in several locations, compare data between different communities, and draw conclusions about the relationships between microbial organisms and their environment. Follow-up analysis can include a range of statistical techniques, including standard deviation and Student's t-test.


This study requires one full day.