Freshwater Biology

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Edited By: Alan G. Hildrew and Colin R. Townsend

Impact Factor: 2.905

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 11/103 (Marine & Freshwater Biology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2427

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The Freshwater Biology paper Combining monitoring, models and palaeolimnology to assess ecosystem response to environmental change at monthly to millennial timescales: the stability of Blue Lake, North Stradbroke Island, Australia has been featured by ABC News, The Australian, Asian Scientist and Mother Nature Network.

The study examines the response of Blue Lake to environmental change by investigating hydrological and water quality variation at different temporal scales, with analysis indicating that the lake has exhibited exceptional stability and resistance to change, compared to other Australian Holocene lake records. The findings suggests that Blue Lake has been an important climate refuge for aquatic biota in the past and with appropriate management, should continue in such capacity, into the future.

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Plankton dynamicsClassic papers on plankton dynamics from Freshwater Biology

Plankton ecology is a core discipline of limnology and marine biology, encompassing all aspects of the interactions that determine the abundances and distribution of plankton organisms. Since plankton plays a central role in the functioning of open-water systems, and worldwide the environment is changing at an unprecedented rate, an interesting challenge lies ahead in assessing how seasonal plankton dynamics will alter in the light of global change. Accordingly, the latest virtual issue of Freshwater Biology brings together classic papers on plankton ecology published in the Journal since 2001.

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Special Issue: Synthesizing Ecosystem-Level Effects of Consumer-Driven Nutrient Dynamics in Fresh Waters

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Over the past decade, studies on the roles of consumers such as fish, zooplankton, insects and molluscs in nutrient cycles have moved into the forefront of freshwater ecology. This exciting and rapidly progressing body of research shows that consumers play multiple roles in nutrient cycles, and that these roles can differ in complex ways across species, communities and ecosystems. The new paradigm that is emerging puts consumers and their activities at the center of nutrient cycles in freshwater ecosystems.

The papers in this Special Issue arose from special sessions at recent meetings of the Society for Freshwater Science and the Ecological Society of America. These sessions:

(1) documented the functional roles of a wide range of consumers in biogeochemical cycling in geographically diverse regions;
(2) connected consumer-driven nutrient dynamics with subsequent changes in community structure and ecosystem function; and
(3) synthesized patterns in consumer-driven nutrient dynamics across species and systems.

Papers in this Special Issue highlight the important roles that animals can play in nutrient dynamics in lotic, lentic and wetland ecosystems. They will inform debates on the functional implications of species-specific traits, such as body stoichiometry and trophic ecology, and abiotic variables, including water chemistry, on the impacts of consumers on nutrient dynamics in freshwater ecosystems. Thus, ecologists who study ecological stoichiometry, nutrient cycles or the functional roles of consumers will want to read this Special Issue. Globally, the introduction of non-native species and the loss of native biodiversity compromise the functional integrity of freshwater ecosystems. The studies featured in this Special Issue will also be an essential resource to ecologists, conservation biologists and managers who need to understand and manage the effects of changing biodiversity on ecosystem function in fresh waters.

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