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An empirical model for estimating aquatic invertebrate respiration
Article first published online: 18 JAN 2010
© 2010 The Author. Journal compilation © 2010 British Ecological Society
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Volume 1, Issue 1, pages 92–101, March 2010
How to Cite
Brey, T. (2010), An empirical model for estimating aquatic invertebrate respiration. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 1: 92–101. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2009.00008.x
- Issue published online: 23 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 18 JAN 2010
- Received 07 December 2009; accepted 15 December 2009 Handling Editor: Robert P. Freckleton
- modelling < community ecology;
- modelling < population ecology
1. The role of metazoan respiration in aquatic system energetics has been neglected to some extent, particularly because limited resources hamper the simultaneous determination of individual respiration rates across many taxa. As global warming will affect poikilotherm metabolism on an ecosystem scale, we need versatile models to estimate respiration from ‘easy-to-obtain’ parameters.
2. Artificial neural networks were trained to estimate mass specific respiration of aquatic metazoans from 28 parameters: temperature, water depth, 19 taxon categories, body mass and 6 lifestyle parameters. The data base includes 22 920 data sets referring to 915 taxa (836 identified to species, 67 to genus, 12 to higher taxon) from 452 different sources.
3. Overall model fit is good (R2 = 0·847), but there is considerable residual variability of up to two orders of magnitude.
4. Variability of same species measurements between sources is almost as large as same-source variability between species, i.e. a substantial part of the residual variability in the data may represent methodical bias.
5. There are no universally valid scaling factors in the relationships of respiration to body mass and temperature, but a wide range of species-specific factors.
6. The model has been implemented in a Microsoft EXCEL spreadsheet that is available at http://www.thomas-brey/science/virtualhandbook.