Authors

Scott D. Tiegs, Oakland University
David M. Costello, Kent State University
Mark W. Isken, Oakland University
Guy Woodward, Imperial College London
Peter B. McIntyre, Cornell University
Mark O. Gessner, Berlin Institute of Technology
Eric Chauvet, Université de Toulouse
Natalie A. Griffiths, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Ales S. Flecker, Cornell University
Vicenç Acuña, Catalan Institute for Water Research
Ricardo Albariño, Universidad Nacional Comahue
Daniel C. Allen, University of Oklahoma
Cecilia Alonso, University Center of the Eastern Region
Patricio Andino, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador
Clay Arango, Central Washington University
Jukka Aroviita, Finnish Environment Institute
Marcus V.M. Barbosa, Federal University of Tocantins
Leon A. Barmuta, University of Tasmania
Denise A. Bruesewitz, Colby College
Francis J. Burdon, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Marcos Callisto, Universidade Federal de Minais Gerais
Cristina Canhoto, University of Coimbra
Krista A. Capps, University of Georgia
Maria M. Castillo, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur
Joanne Clapcott, Cawthron Insitute
Fanny Colas, Irstea
Checo Checo Colón-Gaud, Georgia Southern University
Julien Cornut, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Verónica Crespo-Pérez, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador
Wyatt F. Cross, Montana State University
Joseph M. Culp, Wilfrid Laurier University
Michael Danger, University of Lorraine
Olivier Dangles, Université de Montpellier
Elvira de Eyto, Marine Institute, Newport, Ireland
Alison M. Derry, Université du Québec à Montréal
Veronica Díaz Villanueva, INIBIOMA-CONICET
Michael M. Douglas, University of Western Australia
Arturo Elosegi, University of the Basque Country
Andrea C. Encalada, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Sally Entrekin, Virginia Tech
Rodrigo Espinosa, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador
Diana Ethaiya, Oakland University
Verónica Ferreira, University of Coimbra
Carmen Ferriol, University of Valencia
Kyla M. Flanagan, University of Calgary
Tadeusz Fleituch, Polish Academy of Sciences
Jennifer J. Follstad Shah, University of Utah
André Frainer, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Nikolai Friberg, Norsk Institutt for Vannforskning
Paul C. Frost, Trent University
Erica A. Garcia, Charles Darwin University
Liliana García Lago, University of Vigo
Pavel Ernesto García Soto, University of San Carlos of Guatemala
Sudeep Ghate, Mangalore University
Darren P. Giling, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)
Alan Gilmer, Dublin Institute of Technology
José Franciso Gonçalves Jr., University of Brazil
Rosario Karina Gonzales, University of San Andrés
Manuel A.S. Graça, University of Coimbra
Mike Grace, Monash University
Hans-Peter Grossart, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)
François Guérold, Université de Lorraine
Vlad Gulis, Coastal Carolina University
Luiz U. Hepp, Regional Integrated University of Upper Uruguay and Missions
Scott Higgins, IISD Experimental Lakes Area Inc., Winnipeg, Canada
Takuo Hishi, Kyushu University
Joseph Huddart, Imperial College London
John Hudson, Aquatics Alaska
Samantha Imberger, The University of Melbourne
Carlos Iñiguez-Armijos, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja
Tomoya Iwata, University of Yamanashi
David J. Janetski, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Eleanor Jennings, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Andrea E. Kirkwood, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Aaron A. Koning, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sarian Kosten, Radboud University Nijmegen
Kevin A. Kuehn, University of Southern MississippiFollow
Hjalmar Laudon, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Peter R. Leavitt, University of Regina
Aurea L. Lemes da Silva, Federal University of Santa Catarina
Shawn G. Leroux, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Carri J. LeRoy, The Evergreen State College
Peter J. Lisi, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Richard MacKenzie, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
Amy M. Marcarelli, Michigan Technological University
Frank O. Masese, University of Eldoret
Brendan G. McKie, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Adriana Oliveira Medeiros, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Kristian Meissner, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
Marko Miliša, University of Zagreb
Shailendra Mishra, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE)
Yo Miyake, Ehime University
Ashley Moerke, Lake Superior State University
Shorok Mombrikotb, Imperial College London
Rob Mooney, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tim Moulton, Rio de Janeiro State University
Timo Muotka, University of Oulu
Junjiro N. Negishi, Hokkaido University
Vinicius Neres-Lima, Rio de Janeiro State University
Mika L. Nieminen, Hokkaido University
Jorge Nimptsch, Universidad Austral de Chile
Jakub Ondruch, Masaryk University
Riku Paavola, University of Oulu
Isabel Pardo, University of Vigo
Christopher J. Patrick, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
Edwin T.H.M. Peeters, Wageningen University
Jesus Pozo, University of the Basque Country
Catherine Pringle, University of Georgia
Aaron Prussian, Tongass National Forest
Estefania Quenta, University of San Andrés
Antonio Quesada, Autonomous University of Madrid
Brian Reid, Centro de Investigacion en Ecosistemas de la Patagonia
John S. Richardson, University of British Columbia
Anna Rigosi, University of Adelaide
José Rincón, Universidad del Zulia
Geta Rîșnoveanu, University of Bucharest
Christopher T. Robinson, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Lorena Rodríguez-Gallego, Centro Universitario Regional del Este
Todd V. Royer, Indiana University - Bloomington
James A. Rusak, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Anna C. Santamans, University of Valencia
Géza B. Selmeczy, University of Pannonia
Gelas Simiyu, University of Eldoret
Agnija Skuja, University of Latvia
Jerzy Smykla, Polish Academy of Sciences
Kandikere R. Sridhar, Mangalore University
Ryan Sponseller, Umeå University
Aaron Stoler, Stockton University
Christopher M. Swan, University of Maryland Baltimore County
David Szlag, Oakland University
Franco Teixera-de Mello, Universidad de la República de Uruguay
Jonathan D. Tonkin, University of Canterbury
Sari Uusheimo, University of Helsinki
Allison M. Veach, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sirje Vilbaste, Estonian University of Life Sciences
Lena B.M. Vought, Kristianstad University
Chiao-Ping Wang, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute
Jackon R. Webster, Virginia Tech
Paul B. Wilson, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Stefan Woelfl, Universidad Austral de Chile
Marguerite A. Xenopolous, Trent University
Adam G. Yates, Western University and Canadian Rivers Institute
Chihiro Yoshimura, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Catherine M. Yule, University of the Sunshine Coast
Yixin X. Zhang, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Jacob A. Zwart, University of Notre Dame

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2-2019

Department

Biological Sciences

School

Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences

Abstract

River ecosystems receive and process vast quantities of terrestrial organic carbon, the fate of which depends strongly on microbial activity. Variation in and controls of processing rates, however, are poorly characterized at the global scale. In response, we used a peer-sourced research network and a highly standardized carbon processing assay to conduct a global-scale field experiment in greater than 1000 river and riparian sites. We found that Earth’s biomes have distinct carbon processing signatures. Slow processing is evident across latitudes, whereas rapid rates are restricted to lower latitudes. Both the mean rate and variability decline with latitude, suggesting temperature constraints toward the poles and greater roles for other environmental drivers (e.g., nutrient loading) toward the equator. These results and data set the stage for unprecedented “next-generation biomonitoring” by establishing baselines to help quantify environmental impacts to the functioning of ecosystems at a global scale.

Publication Title

Science Advances

Volume

5

Issue

1

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