© 1992

Toolik Lake

Ecology of an Aquatic Ecosystem in Arctic Alaska

  • Editors
  • W. J. O’Brien

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 78)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. George W. Kling, W. John O’Brien, Michael C. Miller, Anne E. Hershey
    Pages 1-14
  3. Jeffrey C. Cornwell
    Pages 15-22
  4. George W. Kling, George W. Kipphut, Michael C. Miller
    Pages 23-36
  5. Jeffrey C. Cornwell, Susan Banahan
    Pages 37-44
  6. Jeffrey C. Cornwell, George W. Kipphut
    Pages 45-59
  7. Bruce J. Peterson, Teresa Corliss, Keith Kriet, John E. Hobbie
    Pages 61-69
  8. Keith Kriet, Bruce J. Peterson, Teresa L. Corliss
    Pages 71-81
  9. Michael C. Miller, Paulo DeOliveira, George G. Gibeau
    Pages 103-119
  10. William B. Bowden, Bruce J. Peterson, Jacques C. Finlay, Jane Tucker
    Pages 121-131
  11. W. J. O’Brien, A. E. Hershey, J. E. Hobbie, M. A. Hullar, G. W. Kipphut, M. C. Miller et al.
    Pages 143-188
  12. Glenn W. Merrick, Anne E. Hershey, Michael E. McDonald
    Pages 225-233

About this book


The limnological study of Toolik Lake began in the Summer of 1975. This research was an outgrowth of the arctic IBP project which had focused mainly on small Arctic pond ecosystems on the Alaskan Arctic coastal plain. It was thought desirable to study larger, deeper lakes which contained fish to further generalizations developed during the IBP study.
Initial research on Toolik Lake and the surrounding lakes and ponds focused on process studies such as annual primary productivity of the lake or the vertical migration patterns of the resident zooplankton. In 1983 the philosophy of the research changed with the funding of a more integrated programme. The fundamental question posed was whether Arctic lake and stream ecosystems are regulated from the bottom up by nutrient availability or from the top down by the density and activity of top predators.
In 1987 the Toolik Lake area was designated an LTER (Long-Term Ecological Research) site, one of 18 such sites throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Antarctic. The research theme for the Arctic LTER also focuses on the regulation of Arctic ecosystems, whether regulation comes from the top down or bottom up. The Arctic LTER also incorporates a terrestrial component as well as a lake and stream component.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Toolik Lake
  • Book Subtitle Ecology of an Aquatic Ecosystem in Arctic Alaska
  • Editors James J. O'Brien
  • Series Title Developments in Hydrobiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-1952-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-5206-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-2720-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 269
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Freshwater & Marine Ecology
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