In this SciRep paper, we tested how different scales of thermal disturbance, from sinusoidal short-term cycles to seasonal and long-term temperature changes impact the sea star Asterias rubens and the crab Hemigrapsus takanoi, two key predators on dominant Western Baltic Sea mussel reefs.
We found strong impacts of long-term changes but sea stars also responded to the very short-term thermal cycles, imposing additional stress to this species.
We have a Research Topic out in Frontiers in Marine Science on: The Influence of Environmental Variability on Climate Change Impacts in Marine Ecosystems.
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Welcome Laura. Laura is working on the eco-physiological responses of bivalves to environmental variability, using KIBs and FOFS (some recently developed infrastructures).
Photo by Lara Hennigs
The importance of genetic diversity and small-scale environmental variability in shaping key coastal ecosystems
We are looking for a Bachelor/Master/Internship student skilled (or interested) in Benthic Ecology: The participant will join a larger-scale experiment run in summer 2020 at the Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, located on an island in the Kosterhavet marine national park, at the Swedish west coast 2 hours north of Gothenburg. Travel expenses and the stay in the guesthouse are fully funded.
See pdf for details: Master KVA Tjärnö Sweden
This articles apparently follows an interview that I had some weeks ago on my new position here in Turku. We talked about possible measures that could reduce the pressure on tourism during climate extremes such as marine heatwaves. So these ideas are accompanied with a comment from the tourist business – which apparently never thought of potential environmental impacts of their business. So it is about time.
Katja will work on the ‘Impacts of Marine Heatwaves and Hypoxic Upwelling events on a predator-prey system’ with a particular interest on the Role of Upwelling in Providing Release from Heat Stress.
Christian Pansch and Claas Hiebenthal (accepted in Limnology and Oceanography – Methods) A new mesocosm system to study the effects of environmental fluctuations on marine species and communities.