Dr Gourvendu SAXENA
Research Fellow

The scientific understanding of microbial processes such as primary productivity, contaminant degradation, elemental transformation and nutrient cycling can be used to enhance self-cleaning capacities of freshwater systems. Dr Saxena’s research interests are in identifying the functional diversity and key environmental attributes that influence geochemical processes in complex ecosystems. He uses an ecogenomics-derived framework to explain the complexity of urban aquatic ecosystems by combining meta-'omics data with environmental metadata using multivariate statistical methods. His research will help watershed managers to monitor the ecological health of waterways ecosystems with finer resolution using functional genes as markers rather than chemicals or taxonomic units. Management interventions to control the local environments can now be perused to influence the functional potential of microbial communities and enhance critical ecological services to develop sustainable, self-cleaning waterways.