29/06/2020. A new paper written in collaboration with Japanese colleagues was accepted for publication in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. This paper examined the utility of major stream organism groups for detecting metal pollution impacts in riverine ecosystems.
25/06/2020. A new paper led by Jorge García-Girón was accepted for publication in Limnology and Oceanography. As a part of the global lake macrophyte initiative coordinated by Janne Alahuhta, we examined if lake macrophytes show similar metacommunity structures in distinct geographical regions across the world.
23/06/2020. A new paper led by Kimmo Tolonen was accepted for publication in Aquatic Ecology. We examined the determinants of lake littoral communities and tested if phytoplankton, zooplankton and benthic invertebrates show congruent biodiversity variations in the largest Finnish lake. The results should be important in the context of lake bioassessment.
15/06/2020. A new guide was published: "Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral streams: What water managers need to know". This guide is the final product of the EU Cost Action SMIRES that was led by Thibault Datry and Gabriel Singer. The guide is open access and available here.
13/06/2020. A new paper led by Pedro de Oliveira was accepted for publication in Limnologica. In this paper, we focussed on a planktic diatom metacommunity in a system of small headwater streams. We found that weak among-stream dispersal contributed to dispersal limitation that was seen in a significant spatial effect on community composition, abundance, richness and uniqueness.
08/06/2020. Arctic freshwater ecosystems and their biological diversity require standardized monitoring across all northern countries! Arctic nature is facing unprecedented changes. Existing monitoring data show that the diversity, structure and functions of Arctic freshwaters are currently undergoing rapid and likely irreversible changes. Climate change in association with resulting permafrost thaw, eutrophication and replacement of unique northern species by southern immigrants are contributing to these rapid changes. This trend affects the livelihoods and culture of Indigenous Peoples living in close connection with Arctic nature. Knowledge on the status of Arctic freshwaters and biotas is geographically scattered and temporally limited, which hinders launching international programs for conservation of Arctic freshwaters or for managing economically valuable fish and wildlife species.
A new opinion article on this timely topic was published in Journal of Applied Ecology’s Policy Forum on Monday. The international team included researchers from Finland, Canada and Sweden. Read the open access paper here.
27/05/2020. Great news! Our new project “Global taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity of stream macroinvertebrate communities: unravelling spatial trends, ecological determinants and anthropogenic threats” was funded by the Academy of Finland. Looking forward to collaborating with dozens of researchers from across the world!
20/05/2020. A new paper on functional gene diversity of stream biofilm microbes was just accepted for publication in Microbiome. Climate was the best predictor of microbial functional gene diversity at large spatial scales, suggesting continental-scale changes in diversity to appear under future climate. This work was led by Félix Picazo.
19/05/2020. A new paper on predicting dragonfly diversity across man-made ponds was accepted for publication in Scientific Reports. This work was based on citizen science data from Sweden and was led by Frank Johansson.
06/05/2020. A new paper on the ecological uniqueness of macrophyte communities in tropical floodplain lakes was accepted for publication in Aquatic Sciences. This study was led by Ully Pozzobom and was part of collaboration with her, Maiara Brito and Victor Landeiro.
26/04/2020. A new paper led by Zhengfei Li was accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. We focused on seasonal variation in the assembly mechanisms of macroinvertebrate communities in a river basin in China.
22/04/2020. A new paper on beta diversity and biotic interactions in a metacommunity context was accepted for publication in Ecography. Thanks, Jorge, for leading this work.
08/04/2020. Arctic freshwater ecosystems require standardized monitoring! We highlighted the reasons why we should do so now in a paper just accepted for publication in the policy directions section of Journal of Applied Ecology.
04/04/2020. A new paper led by Raphael Ligeiro was accepted for publication in Ecological Indicators. Here, we focussed on the technical aspects associated with detecting anthropogenic impacts using stream macroinvertebrate assemblages.
16/03/2020. A new paper led by Jorge García-Girón and Janne Alahuhta was accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. In this paper, the focus was on different facets of macrophyte beta diversity in 16 regions over the world.
12/03/2020. A new paper on zooplankton richness and community uniqueness in floodplain lakes of the Pantanal wetland was accepted for publication in Aquatic Sciences. A big thanks goes to Maiara Brito for leading this paper.
09/03/2020. A new paper on metacommunity types of stream diatoms and macroinvertebrates in regions differing in environmental heterogeneity was accepted for publication in Journal of Biogeography. A big thanks goes to Siwen He for leading this study.
04/03/2020. After years of repeated requests, mostly by former and present lab members, the Twitter account of Large-Scale Ecology Lab is finally alive.
29/02/2020. A new paper on improving biological assessment approaches in intermittent freshwater ecosystems was accepted for publication in BioScience.
27/02/2020. A new paper on lake macrophyte communities in the Baikal region of Siberia was accepted for publication in Aquatic Sciences.
21/02/2020. Three new papers on freshwater biodiversity and its conservation have been accepted for publication in the last month, including papers in Forest Ecology and Management, Ecology, and Aquatic Conservation. Please, check out the Papers subpage.
09/01/2020. A new review paper on freshwater biodiversity conservation led by Marco Cantonati was accepted for publication in Water.
02/01/2020. A nice start for a New Year. A paper on range size and species richness patterns of freshwater plants across Europe and North America was accepted for publication in Journal of Ecology. A big thanks to Janne Alahuhta and the team for this interesting paper!
18/11/2019. A new paper led by Julie Crabot was accepted for publication in Ecography. In this paper, our focus was on temporal and spatial beta diversity in intermittent streams. Another paper led by Jun Wang focused the assembly on riverine macroinvertebrate and diatom communities, and it was accepted for publication in Ecology and Evolution.
26/10/2019. Recently, two new papers were accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. One paper focussed on bacterial and macroinvertebrate communities in Tibetan mountain streams. Another paper considered the ecological uniqueness of dung beetles and mammals in the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil.
02/10/2019. A new paper was accepted for publication in Oecologia. We focused on taxonomic and functional beta diversity of diatoms and insects across subarctic streams.
28/09/2019. A new paper on multiple diversity facets of stream macroinvertebrates was accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. In this paper, we examined the relative roles of human impact and natural factors on taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic alpha diversity.
25/09/2019. A new paper on across-decades variation in macrophyte communities of boreal lakes was accepted for publication in Ecography. Congratulations to Marja Lindholm for a PhD thesis paper!
05/09/2019. A new paper about biodiversity-geodiversity relationships was accepted for publication in Landscape Ecology. Congratulations to Olli-Matti Kärnä for a PhD thesis work.
12/08/2019. A new paper led by Sarah Laske about biodiversity of Arctic freshwater fishes was accepted for publication in Freshwater Biology.
03/08/2019. A new paper on the macroecology of high-latitude ground beetles was accepted for publication in Journal of Biogeography. A big thanks goes to our collaborators, Janne Alahuhta and Simone Fattorini.
16/07/2019. A new paper led by our lab's former visiting researchers, Fernando Lansac-Tôha, was accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. Congratulations, Fernando and the NUPELIA team!
08/07/2019. A new paper on functional and phylogenetic biodiversity of pond macroinvertebrate communities across an anthropogenically affected landscape was accepted for publication in Biological Conservation.
26/06/2019. A new paper on dragonfly biodiversity in urban stormwater ponds was accepted for publication in Ecological Indicators.
22/06/2019. A new report about the ecological connectivity of boreal forests in the Barents Region is out! You can download the report here.
12/06/2019. A new paper was accepted for publication in Freshwater Biology. In this paper led by Katri Tolonen, we focussed on the similarities and differences between intermittently drying and freezing streams at different levels of biological organization from individuals to food webs.
15/05/2019. A new report on Arctic freshwater biodiversity was published online here. Please, check out this interesting and important contribution by a group of scientists from different Arctic countries.
15/05/2019. A new paper on macrophyte biodiversity-geodiversity relationships was accepted for publication in Journal of Biogeography. Congratulations to Maija Toivanen for this PhD thesis work.
12/05/2019. Raphael Ligeiro arrived in Oulu today. He will spend about eight months in our lab doing research on stream biodiversity. Welcome, Raphael!
06/05/2019. A new paper led by Blanka Gál was accepted for publication in Ecological Indicators. Here, we used a meta-analytical approach to examine effects of urbanization on freshwater invertebrate diversity.
27/4/2019. A new paper led by Jun Xu was accepted for publication in Freshwater Biology. Here, we examined cross-taxon congruence of freshwater assemblages (fish and macrophytes), focusing on taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic facets.
12/03/2019. Our study on spatio-temporal variation in bioassessment using macroinvertebrates in large lakes was accepted for publication in Ecological Indicators. This important work was led by Yongjiu Cai.
07/03/2019. A new paper led by Annika Vilmi was accepted for publication in Journal of Biogeography. Here, we examined on the relationship among traits, occupancy and abundance in lake and river diatoms.
23/12/2018. A new paper led by Yongjiu Cai was accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. This paper focused on three facets of molluscan beta diversity across China.
16/12/2018. A new paper about river ecosystem resilience was accepted for publication in River Research and Applications.
13/12/2018. A paper about occupancy and abundance and their underlying drivers in aquatic organisms was accepted for publication in Ecological Indicators. Thanks to Annika Vilmi for leading this paper.
12/12/2018. A new macroecological paper on aquatic beetles was accepted for publication in Ecological Entomology.
29/11/2018. Further good news related to research outputs. A paper on macroinvertebrate alpha diversity in Tibetan streams was accepted for publication in Ecology and Evolution.
23/11/2018. Another new visiting researher, Ully Mattilde Pozzobom Costa, arrived in Oulu today. She will spend about eight months in Oulu conducting research on macrophyte biodiversity.
21/11/2018. We received good news from Freshwater Science last night. A paper on the assembly of stream macroinvertebrate communities in a high-elevation region in China was accepted for publication.
18/11/2018. A new visiting researcher, Fernando Lansac-Toha, arrived in Oulu this Sunday. He will spend about six months here doing research on metacommunity organization and related topics in aquatic systems. Welcome to Oulu, Fernando!
15/11/2018. A new paper on stream macroinvertebrate communities in a subtropical biodiversity hotspot was accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. Congratulations to Zhengfei Li and the team!
13/11/2018. A new paper on the effects of nutrient enrichment on biotic homogenization in shallow lakes was accepted for publication in Limnology and Oceanography. A big thanks goes to You Zhang for leading this important work.
31/10/2018: We received excellent news from Freshwater Biology today. Our former visiting researcher Camilo Roa's paper on different facets of fish beta diversity in agroecosystem streams was accepted for publication. Congratulations, Camilo!
24/10/2018: Jani will be participating in a workshop on improving ecological connectivity in boreal forests. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these issues in terrestrial ecosystems.
19/10/2018: We just got excellent news from Journal of Biogeography. Our paper on beta diversity in diverse terrestrial and aquatic beetle groups was accepted for publication. Jani thanks his coauthors Janne Alahuhta, Simone Fattorini and Denes Schmera on contributing to this piece of work.
16/10/2018: We received great news from Oecologia last night. Our paper on global patterns in macrophyte metacommunities was accepted for publication in the journal. Again, thanks goes to Janne Alahuhta for leading this important paper.
13/10/2018: We just got a paper accepted for publication in Environmental Science and Pollution Research. This paper is about decadal changes in riverine macroinvertebrate communities in relation to catchment afforestation practices in a Chinese nature reserve. Congratulations to Jun Wang for leading this interesting research!
12/10/2018: Mariana defended her thesis on macroecological patterns in northern streams. The defense was successful, and we enjoyed it greatly. We also thank Professor Nikolai Friberg from The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research for acting as Mariana's opponent in the defense.
12/10/2018: We just got a new paper accepted in Environmental Reviews. This paper is about functional and phylogenetic diversity, and how these facets have been used in inferring environmental changes in freshwater ecosystems. A big thanks goes to Janne Alahuhta for leading this paper.
12/10/2018: I started writing a new 'NEWS' section today. Here, you will find the most important things that have happened recently or will happen soon in our research lab. Stay tuned!
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