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Welcome, Dr. Ryan McClure!

We are excited to welcome a new postdoc to our research group! Dr. Ryan McClure is coming from a postdoc at Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies and Virginia Tech. Ryan is an ecosystem ecologist and aquatic biogeochemist. His experience includes working at the forefront of the rapidly evolving field of ecological forecasting, determining drivers of methane emissions in lakes, and understanding the dynamics of aquatic biogeochemistry under shifting oxygen conditions. In addition to his accomplishments in limnological scholarship, he has enjoyed working with lake managers to improve water quality in lakes and reservoirs.

Michael defends his dissertation!

Over 80 people convened online to watch Michael Meyer’s excellent seminar on 9 September 2021 when he successfully defended his dissertation “Effects of spatially and temporally heterogeneous human disturbance on littoral benthic communities in large, deep, oligotrophic lakes.” Michael is starting a new postdoctoral position this fall with the USGS, on a Mendenhall fellowship, based in Madison WI and collaborating with a terrific aquatic science team located throughout the U.S.  We are going to miss Michael tremendously, but we are all so proud and excited to see him to take this next step in his career.

Michael Meyer defended his dissertation on 9 September 2021

The GLCP used for 2 major data syntheses!

Since it’s publication in June 2020, the Global Lake Area, Climate, and Population (GLCP) dataset has already been used by at least two published manuscripts, one in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Cuhn & Butman 2021) and one currently as a pre-print on Earth and Space Science Open Archive (Topp et al 2020).

  • Topp et al (2020) Used the Landsat data to assess change in U.S. lake color from 1985-2020. Because their lake color data is built off the HydroLAKES database of lake shapefiles, they were able to merged lake color with the GLCP vis-a-vis consistent, unique identifiers for each lake. They then were able to use all GLCP variables as predictors of lake color change for over 26,000 lakes over 35 years!
  • Cuhn & Butman (2021) used the GLCP’s basin:lake matching scheme, which allowed them to merge lake color landsat, permafrost, climate, and morphometry data into a single analysis.

We – as a team – are so excited that others are using the GLCP for applications beyond our own intended analyses! While we have our own analyses coming down the pipe, we’d appreciate hearing from you. If you used or are currently using the GLCP, please reach out so we highlight your work!

Michael F. Meyer (


Virtual Growing Pains: Lessons learned from coordinating virtual meetings

Michael co-led a manuscript with Robert Ladwig (a postdoc at the Center for Limnology at University of Wisconsin Madison) to synthesize how six scientific societies either transitioned meetings to a virtual format or inaugurated new meetings altogether. In the manuscript, Michael and Robert had each society contribute a brief write-up generally addressing: What they did; What went well; what could have been better; what they would change. The manuscript had 30 co-authors, making it the most number of co-authors on a single publication in Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin’s history. You can read the Open Access publication here.


Michael, Matt, and Stephanie publish L&O Bulletin’s first video abstract!

Following the publication of our L&O Bulletin piece on natural resource applications of the Global Lake area, Climate, and Population (GLCP) dataset, we were encouraged to submit a video abstract! The video abstract highlights the main features of the dataset, and also showcases how user-friendly the dataset is. Matt really hammers this point home in the video when he performs a live-coding demo, when in the span of 45-seconds, he is able to nearly recreate one of the analyses in the L&O Bulletin paper! Give it a look!

ASLO 2020 Awards

We are looking forward to a virtual reception for the ASLO 2020 awards! It is happening on 1 Dec 2020 at noon ET (9am PT). The Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin also featured a Q&A with the 2020 Awardees, and for those of us who were scheduled to receive the awards at the Summer 2020 meeting (cancelled due to COVID), our talks will be posted on the ASLO YouTube channel. All in all, it makes me feel very appreciated – thanks to ASLO!

Michael’s L&O Bulletin Meeting Highlights piece is out!

Today, a paper came out in L&O Bulletin, which Michael co-authored a manuscript with Jake Zwart, a Mendenhall Post-doctoral researcher with the US Geological Survey. The paper details what Michael and Jake learned while co-organizing the Virtual Summit: Incorporating Data Science and Open Science in Aquatic Research. Additionally, Michael and Jake look forward to seeing future Virtual Summits, and they welcome others to message them with questions or interest in presenting or co-organizing.

Word cloud of most common words in submitted data science and open science abstracts to the virtual summit (18 abstracts in total). Words are sized by frequency of appearance, where larger words were more frequently used, and smaller words were less frequently used. Words are colored by whether they were present in data science abstracts (purple), open science abstracts (pink), or both data and open science abstracts (orange).

Michael, Matt, and Stephanie detail how natural resource folks can use the GLCP!

This week, Michael, Matt, and Stephanie were co-authors on a paper that came out in Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin! The manuscript builds on The Global Lake area, Climate, and Population dataset, which came out in Scientific Data earlier this year. The L&O Bulletin piece is meant to detail concrete, natural resource applications of the GLCP that span local, regional, and national scales. Matt also worked hard to document all scripts used in this paper, so that future users can have templates to reproduce certain analyses or tailor them for specific questions.

The paper is open access thanks to support from CANHRS and School of the Environment at Washington State University!

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!