Freshwater ecology

Freshwater ecology is the study of all aspects of the ecology of terrestrial aquatic systems, including rivers, lakes and ponds. It includes the community ecology of these ecosystems, as well as ecosystem processes, interactions with adjacent terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and conservation and restoration.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    Higher stream temperatures as the climate warms could lead to lower ecosystem productivity and higher CO2 emissions in streams. An analysis of stream ecosystems finds that such changes will be greatest in the warmest and most productive streams.

    • James B. Heffernan
    Nature Geoscience 11, 384-385
  • News and Views |

    Societal activities carry environmental costs, which can be mitigated to restore ecosystem function and services. A meta-analysis demonstrates strong negative effects of coal mining on stream biota and limited recovery after restoration.

    • Craig W. Osenberg
  • News and Views |

    Thawing of Arctic soils liberates ancient organic carbon and can facilitate massive greenhouse gas emissions from adjacent aquatic ecosystems. Research now shows that Arctic lakes are generally not releasing very much ancient carbon to the atmosphere.

    • Matthew J. Bogard
    •  & David E. Butman
  • News and Views |

    Phosphorus loading can cause eutrophication of lakes. Analyses of lake chemistry in China reveal that policies have led to lower phosphorus levels overall, but increasing trends in some lakes suggest that expanded policies may be needed.

    • Jessica Corman
    Nature Geoscience 10, 469-470