Thermal habitats in lakes change with the climate

In a new study, our colleague Benjamin Krämer published with an international team how lake habitats change with climate change. Interestingly, tropical lakes are more affected since with their low variability, they are more prune to temperature shifts driven by climate change. In the press release at the IGB, lakes are compared to mountain tops or islands where less adaptive species can be trapped in unfavorable environments. Along with the article, the results were also explained in a video.  In the same week, another study co-authored by Benjamin Krämer came out demonstrating the effects from deoxygenation in temperate lakes.

Thermal habitat changes

Kraemer, Benjamin M., Rachel M. Pilla, R. Iestyn Woolway, Orlane Anneville, Syuhei Ban, William Colom-Montero, Shawn P. Devlin, et al. 2021. “Climate Change Drives Widespread Shifts in Lake Thermal Habitat.” Nature Climate Change 11 (6): 521–29.
Jane, Stephen F., Gretchen J. A. Hansen, Benjamin M. Kraemer, Peter R. Leavitt, Joshua L. Mincer, Rebecca L. North, Rachel M. Pilla, et al. 2021. “Widespread Deoxygenation of Temperate Lakes.” Nature 594 (7861): 66–70.