Under-Ice Physical and Biological Responses to a Multi-Year Snow Removal
Speakers: Hilary Dugan, Assistant Professor, Center for Limnology, UW-Madison, and Ellie Socha, Graduate Student, Center for Limnology
Winter is a historically understudied season in the field of limnology, but it is now recognized as a time of activity and relevance to the annual life cycle of lakes. Emerging research points to a future of changing ice and snow conditions that will impact aquatic systems. Through a snow manipulation experiment, this study aims to address how reduced snow cover will impact abiotic and biotic components in two bog lakes in Northern Wisconsin. Between control and experimental years, we found differences in both the physical and biological elements; these include changes to ice characteristics, light availability, and plankton community dynamics. These findings inform us on how small lakes might respond to climate change.