JonathanTonkin Ecologist

Multiple stressor paper accepted at Science of the Total Environment

19 Jul 2015

We’ve just had a paper accepted for publication at Science of the Total Environment looking at multiple stressors in German streams. I have to say this was the fastest process I’ve ever seen for a submission. The full submission to acceptance, including a revision, was one month to the day!

This was a project led by a PhD student in our group, Moritz Leps, who did a great job of handling such a complex dataset (1018 river sites) to get some meaningful insight into multiple stressors in these river systems. The focus of the work was looking at the impacts of multiple stressors, including water quality, riparian and catchment land use, and stream morphology, on riverine benthic invertebrate communities, while simultaneously considering the spatial scales of stressors and the heterogeneity of riverscapes.

Leps, M., J. D. Tonkin, V. Dahm, D. Hering, P. Haase, and A. Sundermann. (In press). Disentangling environmental drivers of benthic invertebrate assemblages: the role of spatial scale and riverscape heterogeneity in a multiple stressor environment. Science of the Total Environment.