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Research Project: Integrated Strategies for Improved Water Quality and Ecosystem Integrity within Agricultural Watersheds

Location: Water Quality and Ecology Research

Title: A global database of nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates of aquatic animals

item Vanni, Michael
item Mcintyre, Peter
item Arnott, Diane
item Benstead, Jonathan
item Berg, David
item Brabrand, Age
item Sebastien, Brosse
item Bukaveckas, Paul
item Caliman, Adriano
item Capps, Krista
item Carneiro, Luciana
item Chadwick, Nanette
item Christian, Alan
item Clarke, Andrew
item Conroy, Joseph
item Culver, David
item Dalton, Christopher
item Devine, Jennifer
item Domine, Leah
item Evans-white, Michelle
item Faafeng, Bjorn
item Flecker, Alexander
item Gido, Keith
item Godinot, Claire
item Guariento, Rafael
item Haertel-borer, Susanne
item Hall, Robert
item Henry, Raoul
item Herwig, Brian
item Hicks, Brendan
item Higgins, Karen
item Hood, James
item Hopton, Matthew
item Ikeda, Tsutomu
item James, William
item Jansen, Henrice
item Johnson, Cody
item Koch, Benjamin
item Lamberti, Gary
item Lessard-pilon, Stephanie
item Maerz, John
item Mather, Martha
item Mcmanamay, Ryan
item Milanovich, Joseph
item Morgan, Dai
item Moslemi, Jennifer
item Naddafi, Rhmat
item Nilssen, Jens Petter
item Pagano, Marc
item Pilati, Alberto
item Post, David
item Roopin, Modi
item Rugenski, Amanda
item Schaus, Maynard
item Shostell, Joseph
item Small, Gaston
item Solomon, Christopher
item Sterrett, Sean
item Strand, Oivind
item Tarvainen, Marjo
item Taylor, Jason
item Torres-gerald, Lisette
item Turner, Caroline
item Urabe, Jotaro
item Uye, Shin-ichi
item Ventela, Anne-mari
item Villeger, Sebastien
item Whiles, Matthew
item Wilhelm, Frank
item Wilson, Henry
item Xenopoulos, Marguerite
item Zimmer, Kyle

Submitted to: Ecology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/7/2017
Publication Date: 5/1/2017
Publication URL:
Citation: Vanni, M.J., Mcintyre, P.B., Arnott, D.P., Benstead, J.P., Berg, D.J., Brabrand, A., Sebastien, B., Bukaveckas, P.A., Caliman, A., Capps, K.A., Carneiro, L.S., Chadwick, N.E., Christian, A.D., Clarke, A., Conroy, J.D., Culver, D.A., Dalton, C.M., Devine, J.A., Domine, L.M., Evans-White, M.A., Faafeng, B., Flecker, A.S., Gido, K.B., Godinot, C., Guariento, R., Haertel-Borer, S., Hall, R.O., Henry, R., Herwig, B.R., Hicks, B.J., Higgins, K.A., Hood, J.M., Hopton, M.E., Ikeda, T., James, W.F., Jansen, H.M., Johnson, C.R., Koch, B.J., Lamberti, G.A., Lessard-Pilon, S., Maerz, J.C., Mather, M.E., Mcmanamay, R.A., Milanovich, J.R., Morgan, D.K., Moslemi, J.M., Naddafi, R., Nilssen, J., Pagano, M., Pilati, A., Post, D.M., Roopin, M., Rugenski, A.T., Schaus, M.H., Shostell, J., Small, G.E., Solomon, C.T., Sterrett, S.C., Strand, O., Tarvainen, M., Taylor, J.M., Torres-Gerald, L.E., Turner, C.B., Urabe, J., Uye, S., Ventela, A., Villeger, S., Whiles, M.R., Wilhelm, F.M., Wilson, H.F., Xenopoulos, M.A., Zimmer, K.D. 2017. A global database of nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates of aquatic animals. Ecology. 98(5):1475.

Interpretive Summary: The importance of animals in influencing nutrient cycling in ecosystems is well established but varies among species and ecosystems. Over the last two decades, scientific studies investigating the influence of animals on nutrient cycling in ecosystems have increased dramatically. An ARS scientist's data was included in a global compilation of aquatic animal nutrient excretion rates that includes data from 66 scientists from around the world. The dataset includes 10,534 observations of nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates from 491 different freshwater and marine animals. This dataset will be publicly available and will be a valuable resource for testing predictions of important scientific frameworks related to how animals utilize nutrients and, in turn, influence nutrient availability in aquatic ecosystems.

Technical Abstract: Animals can be important in modulating ecosystem-level nutrient cycling, although their importance varies greatly among species and ecosystems. Nutrient cycling rates of individual animals represent valuable data for testing the predictions of important frameworks such as the Metabolic Theory of Ecology (MTE) and ecological stoichiometry (ES). They also represent an important set of functional traits that may reflect both environmental and phylogenetic influences. Over the past two decades, studies of animal-mediated nutrient cycling have increased dramatically, especially in aquatic ecosystems. Here we present a global compilation of aquatic animal nutrient excretion rates. The dataset includes 10,534 observations from freshwater and marine animals of N and/or P excretion rates. These observations represent 491 species, including most aquatic phyla. Coverage varies greatly among phyla and other taxonomic levels. The dataset includes information on animal body size, ambient temperature, taxonomic affiliations, and animal body N:P. This data set was used to test predictions of MTE and ES, as described in Vanni and McIntyre (2016; Ecology).