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The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant Number DBI RCN 0639229 and MSB 1137327, 1137353 and other generous donors. This blog receives technical support from the Center for Limnology (CFL) at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Any information, opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this blog are those of the individual author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF, CFL, Cary Institute, GLEON or GLEON Student Association (GSA).
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Lake Annie’s Song: A TEDx Talk and Interview with GLEON’s Evelyn Gaiser

A recent TEDxFIU event kicked off with Global Lake Ecology Observatory Network (GLEON) member Evelyn Gaiser’s unexpected discovery that her two passions, science and music, could come together to help her better understand data. Evelyn’s interpretation of the year-round daily temperature changes in Florida’s Lake Annie formed the basis for her TEDx talk.

Caption: Lakes write music. Science is listening. | Evelyn Gaiser | TEDxFIU

Evelyn is a classically trained musician, so when she visualized the temperature data collected from Lake Annie she also saw a musical score. By assigning the data points a musical note, she composed Lake Annie’s song. The piece was then arranged by Marcus Norris and performed by Yaniv Cohen, Aryam Gonzalez and Tomas Lopez, all members of the School of Music on the TEDxFIU stage.

“Music seems uniquely suited to expressing the nuances of nature,” Gaiser said in an FIU News report about the event, noting a growing trend of scientists and musicians around the world coming together to explore the complexities of nature in this way. (more…)

GLEON Embraces Citizen Science

Photo: Divers participate in citizen science on lake in Belgium. Credit: Laurent Miroult.

Divers from Project Baseline Muisbroek, Ben van Asselt and Koenraad van Schuylenbergh, retrieving tea bags in Lake Put van Ekeren, Belgium. (Photo by Laurent Miroult courtesy of NETLAKE.)

A new citizen science working group formed in July at the most recent all-hands meeting of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) in Gaming and Lunz, Austria. With the official end of the Networking Lake Observatories in Europe (NETLAKE) EU COST Action this year, the working group activities under GLEON’s sister network in Europe found a new home by merging with ongoing initiatives in GLEON. What had been an adhoc group on citizen science in GLEON became a full-fledged working group this summer with several joint projects already underway.

“Experience from GLEON demonstrates how citizens contribute to the formulation of new research questions about their lakes as well as how research scientists are embracing citizen science in the network,” said Kathleen C. Weathers, co-chair of GLEON, and G. Evelyn Hutchinson Chair in Ecology at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. “With the establishment of a new working group, GLEON members are not only embracing citizen science but actively designing and implementing
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Revisiting GLEON’s 18th All-Hands Meeting in Gaming, Austria

By Jonathan Doubek

GLEON 18 was hosted at Kartause, a historic monastery in Gaming, Austria.

GLEON 18 was hosted at Kartause, a historic monastery in Gaming, Austria.

GLEON’s 18th All-Hands Meeting and joint meeting with NETLAKE was held from 4-8 July, 2016 in Lunz & Gaming, Austria. There were approximately 140 individuals who attended the meeting; about 60 percent of the participants were faculty, scientists, and/or staff and 40 percent were students and postdoctoral researchers. 33 countries were represented, spanning 85 institutions. The meeting consisted of a diversity of GLEONites and NETLAKE’ers, and for 40 percent of the participants, this was their first All-Hands meeting. (more…)

Introducing Newly Appointed GSA Leader Jonathan Doubek

Photo: J. Doubek.

Jonathan Doubek recently accepted the position as the next co-chair elect for GLEON’s Graduate Student Association.

Jonathan Doubek enthusiastically accepted the position as the next co-chair elect for GLEON’s Graduate Student Association (GSA), joining GSA chair Facundo Scordo (Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina) and co-chair Blaize Denfeld (Uppsala University, Sweden). In this blog post, Jon briefly introduces himself to the GLEON community.

 

Currently, I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences and a fellow in the Interfaces of Global Change at Virginia Tech. Dr. Cayelan Carey, a long-term GLEONite, is my advisor, and she first introduced me to GLEON a few years ago. For my Ph.D. research, I combine field and laboratory research with ecosystem modeling to quantify how multiple environmental and human factors interact to affect plankton ecology and water quality in lakes and reservoirs. Prior to my time at Virginia Tech, I earned my B.S. and M.S. from the University of Michigan in environmental science where my research focused on planktonic food webs in the Great Lakes. (more…)

Carbon Cycling on Lakes (COCLAKE) Project: the Story of Brazil-Denmark Collaboration via GLEON

by Ludmila Brighenti

A lake is like a gigantic living creature that inhales and exhales carbon and exchanges energy with its surrounding environment. I became interested in this process and wanted to understand and predict whole-lake carbon exchange systems in Brazilian lakes. I worked on this topic for my Ph.D. (which I completed recently!), and deployed a high-frequency monitoring buoy to obtain data. This led to a new collaboration between researchers in Brazil and Denmark: Carbon Cycling on Lakes (COCLAKE), looking at the similarities and differences of temporal and tropical lake carbon cycling systems. All of this started from a simple conversation at a GLEON meeting. With the GLEON 16 meeting fast approaching, I wanted to share my story for those who are attending.

Location of Lakes Carioca and Dom Helvécio, State Park of Rio Doce, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.

Location of Lakes Carioca and Dom Helvécio, State Park of Rio Doce, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.

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GLEON 15: Participation Review of the Meeting in Argentina

It was a sunny November afternoon at La Salada, a shallow lake, when we said our goodbyes to the GLEON 15 meeting participants. From the 4th of November to the 8th, 2014, the meeting was held mainly in the city of Bahía Blanca, Argentina.

It was an extremely fun, productive and successful meeting of the minds and of old and new friends. On Monday, the pre-meeting GSA Workshop started the week-long meeting, where researchers and postdocs joined 56 students from diverse countries such as China, Brazil, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and USA, as well as Argentina.

Photo: La Salada Shallow Lake, Argentina. Credit: Vanesa Perillo.

GLEON 15 PARTICIPANTS VISITED LAGUNA LA SALADA DURING THE OPTIONAL FIELD TRIP. (PHOTO CREDIT: BY VANESA PERILLO.)

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