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Ecosystem metabolism in ponds

Ponds vastly outnumber larger lakes worldwide, yet we understand little about pond chemistry, biology, and physics relative to lakes.  The aim of this project is to study pond ecosystem metabolism to understand patterns in productivity and respiration.  We are especially interested in evaluating which pond characteristics (e.g., surface area, depth, land use, and carbon / nutrient loads) best explain our observations.  We are also interested in explicitly comparing benthic vs. pelagic metabolism in ponds (to the extent which these distinct habitats exist in ponds!).  To address this research question, we are conducting field campaigns in 2018 and 2019 along with compiling existing data sources.  We are interesed in data from all ponds (typically <3 m max depth and <0.5 km2), and look forward to our dataset representing ponds with diverse characterstics (e.g., productivity, water clarity, size).Join us on social media: #PONDING

Timeline: 
2017-11-30 to 2020-12-31

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