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Monday, 02.03.2015

Four talks on the LakeLab at the ASLO meeting 2015 in Granada

Presentation of first results on the LakeLab experiment 2014

On the occasion of the ASLO meeting in Granada (Spain) at the end of February four scientist from IGB Stechlin presented their results concerning work conducted at the LakeLab.

Periodically, ASLO (Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography) — one of the largest international societies for aquatic sciences from freshwaters to the oceans — organizes its annual conference in Europe. This time, the meeting was attended by approximately 2500 scientists from around the world at the Congress Center in Granada in Southern Spain between February 22nd - 27th.


The special session «Ecosystem-scale approaches to ecosystem-scale questions» proposed and lead by the Scientific Coordinator of the IGB LakeLab, Dr. Jens Nejstgaard, generated strong interest. In total 29 talks and 7 posters were presented and discussed. Three of the talks reported on the experiments conducted at the IGB LakeLab in 2014:

  • Dr. Jens Nejstgaard
    Storm in a teapot: Simulating an extreme weather event in a large scale mesocosm platform
  • Dr. Stella Berger (LakeLab Manager)
    Impact of an extreme weather event on lake phytoplankton in a large scale mesocosm experiment
  • Dr. Darren Giling (IGB Postdoc)
    Extreme weather events increase net ecosystem productivity in lake ecosystems: Evidence from a large-scale enclosure experiment.

A conceptual talk on the value of ecological research using mesocosms completed the LakeLab contributions:

  • Prof. Mark Gessner (Director of the LakeLab)
    The value of mesocosm experiments to address ecosystem-scale questions.


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The day after the meeting, the scientists took advantage of their trip to Granada by visiting the Alhambra (standing: Mark Gessner and Darren Giling, sitting: Stella Berger and Jens Nejstgaard). There, water also plays an important role. The water needed for daily life had been directed by a sophisticated hydraulic system from the Darro river to the castle complex. In addition, water makes up a large part of the decorative elements: fountains, waterfalls and channels in the courtyards and gardens were built to delight of the Alhambra inhabitants.

Text and photographs: Martina Bauchrowitz, IGB

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