Winter in water: differential responses and the maintenance of biodiversity

Bailey McMeans, Matthew Guzzo, Paul Blanchfield, Trevor Middel & Mark Ridgway
The ecological consequences of winter in freshwater systems are an understudied but rapidly emerging research area. Here, we argue that winter periods of reduced temperature and light (and potentially oxygen and resources) could play an underappreciated role in mediating the coexistence of species. This may be especially true for temperate and subarctic lakes, where seasonal changes in the thermal environment might fundamentally structure species interactions. With climate change already shortening ice-covered periods on temperate and...
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