Dr. Daniel Vaulot has been a lecturer for the ECODIM courses since 2006. He has been working at the Station Biologique in Roscoff (France) since 1985 after completing his PhD at MIT in 1985. His research focuses on phytoplankton, especially the smaller size classes (picoplankton). He has created the Roscoff Culture Collection, now one of the largest culture collection for marine microalgae in the world. His current research focuses on the uses of high throughput sequencing to characterize natural plankton communities through metabarcoding. He was a speaker for the Mini Symposia "The Microbial Tree of Life and Beyond: The Legacy of Carl Woese (1928-2012)." in 2014 and “Aquatic microbial food-web: From community structure to ecosystem functioning” in 2010 as part of the activities of ECODIM 2010. Daniel will be in Dichato once again for the2018 ECODIM course.