As a benthic ecologist I am interested in the transfer of energy between different components of an ecosystem. One interesting feature of seagrass ecosystems is that they too host chemosymbiotic animals, like those also found on whale-fall ecosystems. These animals get their food from bacteria living inside them, which use reduced chemicals from the rotting seagrass to grow.
Chemosymbiotic clams can be some of the most abundant animals in seagrass sediments and a recent paper showed that they are vital to the ecosystem functioning.
I am particularly interested in what happens to these clams. What eats them? How is chemosynthetic energy passed up into the food web? Is it significant? I'm working on it right now so watch this space for updates.
For now you can read more about this fascinating topic in the article that I wrote for New Scientist magazine.