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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352216/black-legged-kittiwakes-as-messengers-of-atlantification-in-the-arctic
#1
Mikko Vihtakari, Jorg Welcker, Børge Moe, Olivier Chastel, Sabrina Tartu, Haakon Hop, Claus Bech, Sébastien Descamps, Geir Wing Gabrielsen
Climate warming is rapidly altering marine ecosystems towards a more temperate state on the European side of the Arctic. However, this "Atlantification" has rarely been confirmed, as long-term datasets on Arctic marine organisms are scarce. We present a 19-year time series (1982-2016) of diet samples from black-legged kittiwakes as an indicator of the changes in a high Arctic marine ecosystem (Kongsfjorden, Svalbard). Our results highlight a shift from Arctic prey dominance until 2006 to a more mixed diet with high contribution of Atlantic fishes...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349299/limited-contribution-of-ancient-methane-to-surface-waters-of-the-u-s-beaufort-sea-shelf
#2
Katy J Sparrow, John D Kessler, John R Southon, Fenix Garcia-Tigreros, Kathryn M Schreiner, Carolyn D Ruppel, John B Miller, Scott J Lehman, Xiaomei Xu
In response to warming climate, methane can be released to Arctic Ocean sediment and waters from thawing subsea permafrost and decomposing methane hydrates. However, it is unknown whether methane derived from this sediment storehouse of frozen ancient carbon reaches the atmosphere. We quantified the fraction of methane derived from ancient sources in shelf waters of the U.S. Beaufort Sea, a region that has both permafrost and methane hydrates and is experiencing significant warming. Although the radiocarbon-methane analyses indicate that ancient carbon is being mobilized and emitted as methane into shelf bottom waters, surprisingly, we find that methane in surface waters is principally derived from modern-aged carbon...
January 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348652/intensification-of-ice-nucleation-observed-in-ocean-ship-emissions
#3
E S Thomson, D Weber, H G Bingemer, J Tuomi, M Ebert, J B C Pettersson
Shipping contributes primary and secondary emission products to the atmospheric aerosol burden that have implications for climate, clouds, and air quality from regional to global scales. In this study we exam the potential impact of ship emissions with regards to ice nucleating particles. Particles that nucleate ice are known to directly affect precipitation and cloud microphysical properties. We have collected and analyzed particles for their ice nucleating capacity from a shipping channel outside a large Scandinavia port...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348650/glacial-vicariance-drives-phylogeographic-diversification-in-the-amphi-boreal-kelp-saccharina-latissima
#4
João Neiva, Cristina Paulino, Mette M Nielsen, Dorte Krause-Jensen, Gary W Saunders, Jorge Assis, Ignacio Bárbara, Éric Tamigneaux, Licínia Gouveia, Tânia Aires, Núria Marbà, Annette Bruhn, Gareth A Pearson, Ester A Serrão
Glacial vicariance is regarded as one of the most prevalent drivers of phylogeographic structure and speciation among high-latitude organisms, but direct links between ice advances and range fragmentation have been more difficult to establish in marine than in terrestrial systems. Here we investigate the evolution of largely disjunct (and potentially reproductively isolated) phylogeographic lineages within the amphi-boreal kelp Saccharina latissima s. l. Using molecular data (COI, microsatellites) we confirm that S...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348632/climate-degradation-and-extreme-icing-events-constrain-life-in-cold-adapted-mammals
#5
J Berger, C Hartway, A Gruzdev, M Johnson
Despite the growth in knowledge about the effects of a warming Arctic on its cold-adapted species, the mechanisms by which these changes affect animal populations remain poorly understood. Increasing temperatures, declining sea ice and altered wind and precipitation patterns all may affect the fitness and abundance of species through multiple direct and indirect pathways. Here we demonstrate previously unknown effects of rain-on-snow (ROS) events, winter precipitation, and ice tidal surges on the Arctic's largest land mammal...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348065/the-behaviour-of-236u-in-the-north-atlantic-ocean-assessed-from-numerical-modelling-a-new-evaluation-of-the-input-function-into-the-arctic
#6
R Periáñez, Kyung-Suk Suh, Byung-Il Min, M Villa-Alfageme
A numerical model, previously validated with other radionuclides, was applied to simulate the dispersion of 236U released from European nuclear fuel reprocessing plants in the North Atlantic and Shelf Seas using a published reconstruction of Sellafield and La Hague releases. Model results are in better agreement with observations if the lowest estimation of such releases are used. This implies that approximately 40kg of 236U has been discharged from Sellafield. It was found that adsorption of 236U on bed sediments of the shallow European Shelf Seas plays an essential role in its dispersion patterns...
January 15, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343730/first-estimates-of-greenland-shark-somniosus-microcephalus-local-abundances-in-arctic-waters
#7
Brynn M Devine, Laura J Wheeland, Jonathan A D Fisher
Baited remote underwater video cameras were deployed in the Eastern Canadian Arctic, for the purpose of estimating local densities of the long-lived Greenland shark within five deep-water, data-poor regions of interest for fisheries development and marine conservation in Nunavut, Canada. A total of 31 camera deployments occurred between July-September in 2015 and 2016 during joint exploratory fishing and scientific cruises. Greenland sharks appeared at 80% of deployments. A total of 142 individuals were identified and no individuals were observed in more than one deployment...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340236/dna-barcode-based-survey-of-trichoptera-in-the-crooked-river-reveals-three-new-species-records-for-british-columbia
#8
Daniel J Erasmus, Emily A Yurkowski, Dezene P W Huber
Anthropogenic pressures on aquatic systems have placed a renewed focus on biodiversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates. By combining classical taxonomy and DNA barcoding we identified 39 species of caddisflies from the Crooked River, a unique and sensitive system in the southernmost arctic watershed in British Columbia. Our records include three species never before recorded in British Columbia: Lepidostoma togatum (Lepidostomatidae), Ceraclea annulicornis (Leptoceridae), and possibly Cheumatopsyche harwoodi (Hydropsychidae)...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339335/potential-impacts-of-offshore-oil-spills-on-polar-bears-in-the-chukchi-sea
#9
Ryan R Wilson, Craig Perham, Deborah P French-McCay, Richard Balouskus
Sea ice decline is anticipated to increase human access to the Arctic Ocean allowing for offshore oil and gas development in once inaccessible areas. Given the potential negative consequences of an oil spill on marine wildlife populations in the Arctic, it is important to understand the magnitude of impact a large spill could have on wildlife to inform response planning efforts. In this study we simulated oil spills that released 25,000 barrels of oil for 30 days in autumn originating from two sites in the Chukchi Sea (one in Russia and one in the U...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338989/relations-between-self-reported-and-linguistic-monitoring-assessments-of-affective-experience-in-an-extreme-environment
#10
Nathan Smith
INTRODUCTION: Approaches for monitoring psychosocial health in challenging environments are needed to maintain the performance and safety of personnel. The purpose of the present research was to examine the relationship between 2 candidate methods (self-reported and linguistics) for monitoring affective experience during extreme environment activities. METHODS: A single-subject repeated-measures design was used in the present work. The participant was a 46-year-old individual scheduled to complete a self-supported ski expedition across Arctic Greenland...
January 12, 2018: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335640/the-stage-of-soil-development-modulates-rhizosphere-effect-along-a-high-arctic-desert-chronosequence
#11
Francesca Mapelli, Ramona Marasco, Marco Fusi, Barbara Scaglia, George Tsiamis, Eleonora Rolli, Stilianos Fodelianakis, Kostas Bourtzis, Stefano Ventura, Fulvia Tambone, Fabrizio Adani, Sara Borin, Daniele Daffonchio
In mature soils, plant species and soil type determine the selection of root microbiota. Which of these two factors drives rhizosphere selection in barren substrates of developing desert soils has, however, not yet been established. Chronosequences of glacier forelands provide ideal natural environments to identify primary rhizosphere selection factors along the changing edaphic conditions of a developing soil. Here, we analyze changes in bacterial diversity in bulk soils and rhizospheres of a pioneer plant across a High Arctic glacier chronosequence...
January 15, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332142/purification-and-characterization-of-a-novel-organic-solvent-tolerant-and-cold-adapted-lipase-from-psychrobacter-sp-zy124
#12
Yue Zhang, Fangling Ji, Jingyun Wang, Zhongji Pu, Bo Jiang, Yongming Bao
By screening 25 different psychrophilic strains isolated from the Arctic habitat, we isolated a strain capable of producing lipase. We identified this strain as Psychrobacter sp. ZY124 based on the amplified 16S rDNA sequence. The lipase, named as Lipase ZC12, produced from the supernatant of Psychrobacter sp. ZY124 cultured at 15 °C was purified to homogeneity by ammonium sulfate precipitation followed by Phenyl Sepharose FF gel hydrophobic chromatography. Based on the obtained amino acid sequence, Lipase ZC12 is classified as a member of the Proteus/psychrophilic subfamily of lipase family I...
January 13, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330538/flux-of-the-biogenic-volatiles-isoprene-and-dimethyl-sulfide-from-an-oligotrophic-lake
#13
Michael Steinke, Bettina Hodapp, Rameez Subhan, Thomas G Bell, Dominik Martin-Creuzburg
Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) affect atmospheric chemistry, climate and regional air quality in terrestrial and marine atmospheres. Although isoprene is a major BVOC produced in vascular plants, and marine phototrophs release dimethyl sulfide (DMS), lakes have been widely ignored for their production. Here we demonstrate that oligotrophic Lake Constance, a model for north temperate deep lakes, emits both volatiles to the atmosphere. Depth profiles indicated that highest concentrations of isoprene and DMS were associated with the chlorophyll maximum, suggesting that their production is closely linked to phototrophic processes...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330475/recent-enhanced-high-summer-north-atlantic-jet-variability-emerges-from-three-century-context
#14
V Trouet, F Babst, M Meko
A recent increase in mid-latitude extreme weather events has been linked to Northern Hemisphere polar jet stream anomalies. To put recent trends in a historical perspective, long-term records of jet stream variability are needed. Here we combine two tree-ring records from the British Isles and the northeastern Mediterranean to reconstruct variability in the latitudinal position of the high-summer North Atlantic Jet (NAJ) back to 1725 CE. We find that northward NAJ anomalies have resulted in heatwaves and droughts in northwestern Europe and southward anomalies have promoted wildfires in southeastern Europe...
January 12, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330047/an-intrinsically-disordered-domain-in-polaribacter-irgensii-kopri-22228-cspb-confers-extraordinary-freeze-tolerance
#15
Youn Hong Jung, Ji-Hyun Uh, Kyunghee Lee, Hana Im
Organisms living in extremely cold environments possess mechanisms to survive low temperatures. Among the known cold-induced genes, cold-shock proteins (Csps) are the most prominent. A csp-homologous gene, cspBPi, has been cloned from the Arctic bacterium Polaribacter irgensii KOPRI 22228, and overexpression of this gene greatly increased the freezing tolerance of its host. This protein consists of a unique N-terminal domain and a well conserved C-terminal cold shock domain. To elucidate the detailed mechanisms involved in the extraordinary freeze-tolerance conferred by CspBPi, we identified the responsible domain by mutational analysis...
January 9, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326985/use-of-an-autonomous-surface-vehicle-reveals-small-scale-diel-vertical-migrations-of-zooplankton-and-susceptibility-to-light-pollution-under-low-solar-irradiance
#16
Martin Ludvigsen, Jørgen Berge, Maxime Geoffroy, Jonathan H Cohen, Pedro R De La Torre, Stein M Nornes, Hanumant Singh, Asgeir J Sørensen, Malin Daase, Geir Johnsen
Light is a major cue for nearly all life on Earth. However, most of our knowledge concerning the importance of light is based on organisms' response to light during daytime, including the dusk and dawn phase. When it is dark, light is most often considered as pollution, with increasing appreciation of its negative ecological effects. Using an Autonomous Surface Vehicle fitted with a hyperspectral irradiance sensor and an acoustic profiler, we detected and quantified the behavior of zooplankton in an unpolluted light environment in the high Arctic polar night and compared the results with that from a light-polluted environment close to our research vessels...
January 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326980/increased-fluxes-of-shelf-derived-materials-to-the-central-arctic-ocean
#17
Lauren E Kipp, Matthew A Charette, Willard S Moore, Paul B Henderson, Ignatius G Rigor
Rising temperatures in the Arctic Ocean region are responsible for changes such as reduced ice cover, permafrost thawing, and increased river discharge, which, together, alter nutrient and carbon cycles over the vast Arctic continental shelf. We show that the concentration of radium-228, sourced to seawater through sediment-water exchange processes, has increased substantially in surface waters of the central Arctic Ocean over the past decade. A mass balance model for 228Ra suggests that this increase is due to an intensification of shelf-derived material inputs to the central basin, a source that would also carry elevated concentrations of dissolved organic carbon and nutrients...
January 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321894/development-of-a-genotype-by-sequencing-immunogenetic-assay-as-exemplified-by-screening-for-variation-in-red-fox-with-and-without-endemic-rabies-exposure
#18
Michael E Donaldson, Yessica Rico, Karsten Hueffer, Halie M Rando, Anna V Kukekova, Christopher J Kyle
Pathogens are recognized as major drivers of local adaptation in wildlife systems. By determining which gene variants are favored in local interactions among populations with and without disease, spatially explicit adaptive responses to pathogens can be elucidated. Much of our current understanding of host responses to disease comes from a small number of genes associated with an immune response. High-throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies, such as genotype-by-sequencing (GBS), facilitate expanded explorations of genomic variation among populations...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321859/habitat-related-seed-germination-traits-in-alpine-habitats
#19
Maria Tudela-Isanta, Eduardo Fernández-Pascual, Malaka Wijayasinghe, Simone Orsenigo, Graziano Rossi, Hugh W Pritchard, Andrea Mondoni
Understanding the key aspects of plant regeneration from seeds is crucial in assessing species assembly to their habitats. However, the regenerative traits of seed dormancy and germination are underrepresented in this context. In the alpine zone, the large species and microhabitat diversity provide an ideal context to assess habitat-related regenerative strategies. To this end, seeds of 53 species growing in alpine siliceous and calcareous habitats (6230 and 6170 of EU Directive 92/43, respectively) were exposed to different temperature treatments under controlled laboratory conditions...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320633/bioaccumulation-of-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-pbdes-and-alternative-halogenated-flame-retardants-in-a-vegetation-caribou-wolf-food-chain-of-the-canadian-arctic
#20
Adam David Morris, Derek Muir, Keith Solomon, Camilla Teixeira, Mark Duric, Xiaowa Wang
The trophodynamics of halogenated flame retardants (HFRs) including polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and alternative HFRs were investigated in the terrestrial, vegetation-caribou-wolf food chain in the Bathurst Region of northern Canada. The greatest concentrations in vegetation (geometric mean of lichens, moss, grasses, willow, and mushrooms) were of the order 2,4,6-tribromophenyl allyl ether (TBP-AE) (10 ng g-1 lw) > BDE47 (5.5 ng g-1 lw) > BDE99 (3.9 ng g-1 lw) > BDE100 (0.82 ng g-1 lw) > 1,2,3,4,5-pentabromobenzene (PBBz) (0...
January 10, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
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