Lake characteristics influence recovery of microplankton in arctic LTER lakes following experimental fertilization

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Parke A. Rublee, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site:

Abstract: Lakes N-1 and N-2 at the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research site at Toolik Lake, Alaska, U.S.A. were fertilized with nitrogen and phosphorus for 5 and 6 years, respectively. The response and recovery of the microplankton community (protozoans, rotifers and crustacean nauplii) differed in the two lakes. Microplankton biomass in Lake N-1 increased five-fold while that in Lake-N-2 only doubled, despite larger nutrient additions to N-2. Microplankton community structure in Lake N-1 shifted toward dominance by few taxa, while the community in Lake N-2 maintained diversity. Finally, the recovery of Lake N-1 to near prefertilization microplankton biomass levels was rapid, while Lake N-2 showed at least a 1-year lag in recovery. These differences appear to be related to differences in the structure of lake sediments.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2001
microplankton, arctic lakes, eutrophication, rotifers

Email this document to