martes, 20 de marzo de 2018

UrbanAlgae collaborative project

Our very own Sonia Herrero, member of the Young AIL, is CO-PI of the URBAN ALGAE PROJECT, 2nd Collaborative European Freshwater Science Project for Young Researchers ("FreshProject")

We are very pleased to inform you that Urban algae was selected the 2nd Collaborative European Freshwater Science Project for Young Researchers ("FreshProject"), a joint initiative by the European Federation of Freshwater Sciences (EFFS) board, the European Fresh and Young Researchers (EFYR) and representatives of the Fresh Blood for Fresh Water (FBFW) meetings.

We are now looking for young freshwater scientists (with both natural and social backgrounds) to form teams (minimum two persons) and to join our Europe-wide study. The objective of this study is to assess the ecological status of urban ponds and their ecosystem services together with the citizen´s perceptions.

Interested young researchers can find more information in the attachment. In order to participate in the project, please fill in the online questionnaire. The application is open until April 23rd, midnight GMT, 2018.

We are also open to external collaborations through the Urban algae network. Please contact us with your ideas!

Please forward this call and the questionnaire to any of your colleagues who might be interested.

Follow us in twitter to keep updated on latest project´s news!

Fresh regards, 
the Urban algae team

sábado, 10 de febrero de 2018

Postdoctoral Funding Schemes World List

Dear fellow limnologists, 

Are you a recent PhD graduated? Are you looking for postdoctoral positions within academia? 

Check out this outstanding list of funding schemes and opportunities for postdoctoral fellowships.

This is a community-curated list hosted at GitHub where everyone can add additional funding schemes to help build up the list. Worth to have it in your favorite links!   

sábado, 3 de febrero de 2018

Limnologia2018 Coimbra: Abstract submission deadline February 15th

Olá a todos,
A Comissão Organizadora do XIX Congresso da Associação Ibérica de Limnologia (Limnologia2018) lembra que o prazo para a submissão de resumos termina no próximo dia 15 de Fevereiro, pelo que todos os interessados em apresentar comunicações devem enviar os seus resumos até essa data de modo a evitar atrasos na avaliação dos mesmos e no envio das confirmações de aceitação.
Contamos vê-los a todos em Coimbra,
A Comissão Organizadora

La Comisión Organizadora del XIX Congreso de la Asociación Ibérica de Limnología (Limnologia2018) les hace recuerdo que el plazo para la sumisión de los resúmenes termina el 15 de Febrero, es por ello que todos los interesados en presentar una comunicación deben enviar los resúmenes hasta esa fecha para evitar atrasos en la validación de los mismos y en el envío de las confirmaciones de aceptación.
Te esperamos en Coimbra,
La Comisión Organizadora

domingo, 21 de enero de 2018

AIL award to the best thesis on limnology

The 10th edition of the best PhD dissertation on limnology is now open. The Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL) will award thesis that revolves in limnology science defended in Spain or Portugal within the last two years (2016-2017). A unique opportunity for early-career researchers!

More information on how to apply can be found here.

Good luck!

domingo, 10 de diciembre de 2017

High Mountain Andes lakes chronicles written in diatom and ostracod records

How scientists study tropical climatic conditions from 5 million years ago?

One of the most important geologic and climatic events on Earth´s history was the uplift of the Andes mountains, in the South American continent. Nowadays, the tropical Andes are considered a hotspot of biodiversity for both macro (vegetation) and microorganisms. They are also a key source of freshwater to many South American countries. Once the Andes reached its present-day elevation over 4000 m above sea level, 5 million years ago, a variety of newly formed ecospaces developed. Among them, aquatic ecosystems such as lakes, streams and marshes, were the most characteristic. However, very little is known about how these ecosystems have evolved and their responses to past climate changes that could serve as modern analogues for the ongoing climate change impacts.

When the Andes uplifted, climate was warmer due to the higher concentrations of atmospheric CO2 (450 ppm vs 400 ppm) and sea level was higher due to absence of ice caps in the Artic continent. Therefore, the implications of understanding past tropical climate behavior to predict future climate change impacts on Andean freshwater ecosystems are clear, partly because all such past climatic conditions are predicted to occur in the most extreme scenarios drawn by the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change reports (IPCC).

Using diatoms (unicellular microalgae) and ostracods (very small invertebrates), a multidisciplinary team of geologists, climatologists and biologists performed a study in the Andean Altiplano of Perú to better understand how climate operates at the South American tropics. Both diatoms and ostracods occupy a wide range of environmental conditions and have hard extracellular walls, made of silica (diatoms) or calcium carbonate (ostracods), which are preserved in the sediments when the organism die. By looking at these structures we can identify the species. So, if their remains are recovered, environmental and climatic conditions might be then inferred from the occurring species. In other words, diatoms and ostracods are indicators of both modern and past environmental conditions. The authors of this study collected sediment and biological samples at the Descanso formation, a geological outcrop - defined as an ancient rock exposed on the surface of the Earth - that was deposited between 5 and 3.9 million years ago, during the so called Pliocene geologic epoch.
The diatom Pseudostaurosira zeilleri, indicative of high saline-alkaline shallow waters    

The results of this study, recently published in Palaeoegeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology journal, reveal that fluvial conditions prevailed just after the Andes uplift. Then, lakes and marshes were established as result of increased precipitation and direct underground water input due to tectonic activity. Basically, diatoms and ostracods record indicated that lakes were developed under a higher precipitation and seasonality regime compared to modern conditions. In this region of the central Andean Altiplano, Pliocene climatic conditions were characterized by enhanced precipitation during the rainy season, intensified under the El Niño-like conditions that are hypothesized to have prevailed at that time, between 5 and 3.9 million years ago, driven by a warmer atmosphere (~3ºC).

Example of a surveyed lake in the Peruvian Altiplano. Photo: Maria I Velez.

Recent climatic models indicate that high altitude tropical regions will be much more affected by a warmer atmosphere than low altitude temperate regions. If model predictions are correct, these changes will have important consequences for high altitude Andean freshwaters such as streams, lakes and even glaciers. As these freshwater ecosystems feed many reservoirs, more than 40 million people from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela that directly depend on these water resources, will be seriously affected. The present study contributes to a better understanding of the aquatic ecosystem response to climate change in highly sensitive ecologically regions like the tropical Andes, and highlight the importance of fossil records in addressing modern and future socio-environmental research questions.

You can read the summary in Spanish and Portuguese (thanks to Isabel Fernandes for the PT translation)

Velez, M.I., Jaramillo, C., Salazar, F., Benito, X., Fritz, S.C., Tapia, P.M., Lubiniecki, D., Kar, N. & Escobar, J. Aquatic ecosystems in a newly formed ecospace: Early Pliocene lakes in the Central Andean Altiplano. Palaeoegeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (in press).