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Kent State Ecologist Part of Global Collaboration to Answer Pressing Question About Global Climate Change on River-based Ecosystems (Via KSU News)

The work of 153 ecological researchers from 40 countries, including Kent State University Assistant Professor Dave Costello, Ph.D., from the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, has revealed new findings on the effect of climatic factors on river-based ecosystems. The findings are published in the latest issue of the journal Science Advances.

“This is the largest such study, with respect to spatial coverage, and allows us to study carbon cycling in streams at unprecedented global scales,” said Dr. Costello, who serves as second author on this paper. “We are able to show how different biomes – large naturally occurring communities of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat, like forests, deserts and tundras – decompose organic material into carbon dioxide and draw conclusions about the susceptibility of these ecosystems to rising global temperatures.” more.