Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Hampton Lab News

Looking at parasites on Lake Baikal plankton

Our Russian and American team has published a paper on the Saprolegnia infections that occur on Lake Baikal’s dominant zooplankton, the copepod Epischurella! It’s online early just now, lined up for publication in the hardcopy Limnology & Oceanography soon. First author Ted Ozersky pointed out that it’s the first time he’s had the experience of a project taking so long to complete that the genus name was updated between the first and final draft – from Epischura to Epischurella! (Personally, I have had projects take longer.) One of our team members, Larry Bowman, contributed that revised genus name, so at least we were the first to know when it happened!

Lake Baikal’s dominant zooplankton, the copepod Epischurella baikalensis, covered with the parasite Saprolegnia

New paper motivating future research on lake ice dynamics

Excited to see the first paper from our AGU Chapman conference on winter limnology now published in JGR Biogeosciences! Sapna Sharma led the team to synthesize ideas for future research by integrating in situ and remote sensing observations, physical based models, and experiments. With winter changing so rapidly, and increasing interest from limnologists, we are looking forward to seeing some innovative new research coming out of this continuing work!

“Virtual Summit: Incorporating Data Science and Open Science in Aquatic Research”!

Michael and Jake Zwart (USGS) are teaming up to co-convene a “Virtual Summit: Incorporating Data Science and Open Science in Aquatic Research”! The virtual summit will feature 18 presenters from the US and Canada, all presenting on how they incorporate Data Science and Open Science Techniques in their research. The summit will occur on 23-24 July 2020 13:00-16:00 EDT via zoom and is free to attend. Registration will remain open until 22 July, but zoom login information (link, password, etc.) will be emailed on 20 and 22 July. Plenty of space remains, and we hope to see you there!  

Michael, Steph, and Matt published the Global Lake area, Climate, & Population (GLCP) dataset!

Recently, the team’s data paper came out in Scientific Data. The paper details how Michael, Steph Labou, and Matt created a global dataset of annual lake surface area with co-located basin temperature, precipitation, and human population for over 1.42 million lakes from 1995 through 2015. The team also had the opportunity to write-up a blog post for Scientific Data, where they gave a “Behind the Paper” perspective in how the project went from a casual conversation during a lab meeting to an full-fledged data product and data manuscript. The data, all scripts, and metadata are freely accessible on the Environmental Data Initiative, where the dataset is now EDI’s “New Featured Dataset” of the month! Congrats team!

Conceptual model from Meyer et al. (2020) of how the dataset was aggregated.

Winter Limnology 2019 conference recap

This week Eos published our short overview of the AGU Chapman Conference we hosted in October 2019 on Winter Limnology in a Changing World. Attendees came out of the conference with a better understanding of where we are in the science, and the feasibility of future projects that can help sustain research momentum. At least one manuscript is already forthcoming, several more are in progress, and a special issue is underway in JGR Biogeosciences.

Ted Ozerksy standing on Lake Baikal ice.

New Global Change Biology paper on integrating limnology approaches

“The case for research integration, from genomics to remote sensing, to understand biodiversity change and functional dynamics in the world’s lakes” is now published in final version with Global Change Biology! This was my first collaboration with Steve Thackeray after many interesting and engaging conversations over the years – really fun to think about why and how we should be developing more integrative approaches to doing limnology. (Adding a pic of Crater Lake to this post because it’s a pretty lake and I love our National Park Service lakes!)

Crater Lake National Park

Stephanie Hampton awarded the Ramón Margalef Award for Excellence in Education!

ASLO has announced that Stephanie is the 2020 recipient of the Ramón Margalef Award for Excellence in Education. This award recognizes outstanding mentorship and teaching in limnology and oceanography, and Stephanie has been recognized for “training and mentoring of young scientists with an emphasis on collaboration, data sharing and networking”. Read the full story here!