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- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 National Lakes Assessment: data now available online March 22, 2017
- Lake Annie’s Song: A TEDx Talk and Interview with GLEON’s Evelyn Gaiser February 9, 2017
- Samiullah Khan, New Co-Chair Elect for the GLEON Student Association January 30, 2017
- GLEON Embraces Citizen Science December 20, 2016
- Revisiting GLEON’s 18th All-Hands Meeting in Gaming, Austria September 12, 2016
By Samiullah Khan and Jonathan Doubek
The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) all-hands meeting in Lunz & Gaming, Austria is fast approaching! The host team has been busy preparing the conference site, as well as organizing the daytime and evening activities. This blog post is to give you a historical and research perspective of the conference site and let you know what to expect at GLEON 18.
Lake Lunz Background
Lake Lunz is oligotrophic lake of a glacial origin located in the small town of Lunz am See, 120 km southwest of Vienna in the foothills of Austrian limestone. Lunz am See is part of the Eisenwurzen region, which is historically famous for iron ore mining since the time of Celtic and Roman, and later Habsburg Empires. The area is also known as the coldest place in Central Europe. The lowest temperature recorded was -56.2 oC in 1932. History reveals that Lunz am See has been part of Austria since the country was founded in 976, which was later purchased and bestowed to the monastery of Gaming by Duke Albercht XI.
Lake Lunz is vernacularly called Lunzer Untersee (Lower Lake), which is due to its altitudinal relation to two small neighboring lakes, Mittelsee (Middle Lake) and Obersee (Upper Lake). Lake Lunz’s surface area is about 1 km2 with max and mean depths of 33.7 m and 20 m, respectively. The lake has approximately 27 km2 of uninhabited catchment area that consists of karstic plateau and is densely forested by Norway spruce and European beech. The area is very famous for tourism, and the main tourist attractions during summers are sport fishing, swimming, walking around the lake, hiking to the upper lakes and the famous summit peak of Dürrnstein, and skiing during winters. (more…)
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…)