A unified dataset of colocated sewage pollution, periphyton, and benthic macroinvertebrate community and food web structure from Lake Baikal (Siberia)

Michael F. Meyer, Ted Ozersky, Kara H. Woo, Kirill Shchapov, Aaron W.E. Galloway, Julie B. Schram, Daniel D. Snow, Maxim A. Timofeyev, Dmitry Yu Karnaukhov, Matthew R. Brousil, Stephanie E. Hampton

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Abstract

Sewage released from lakeside development can introduce nutrients and micropollutants that can restructure aquatic ecosystems. Lake Baikal, the world's most ancient, biodiverse, and voluminous freshwater lake, has been experiencing localized sewage pollution from lakeside settlements. Nearby increasing filamentous algal abundance suggests benthic communities are responding to localized pollution. We surveyed 40-km of Lake Baikal's southwestern shoreline from 19 to 23 August 2015 for sewage indicators, including pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and microplastics, with colocated periphyton, macroinvertebrate, stable isotope, and fatty acid samplings. The data are structured in a tidy format (a tabular arrangement familiar to limnologists) to encourage reuse. Unique identifiers corresponding to sampling locations are retained throughout all data files to facilitate interoperability among the dataset's 150+ variables. For Lake Baikal studies, these data can support continued monitoring and research efforts. For global studies of lakes, these data can help characterize sewage prevalence and ecological consequences of anthropogenic disturbance across spatial scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-79
Number of pages18
JournalLimnology And Oceanography Letters
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the faculty, students, staff, and mariners of the Irkutsk State University's Biological Research Institute Biostation for their expert field, taxonomic, and laboratory support; Marianne Moore and Bart De Stasio for helpful advice; the researchers and students of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Limnological Institute for expert taxonomic and logistical assistance; Oleg A. Timoshkin, Tatiana Ya. Sitnikova, Irina V. Mekhanikova, Nina A. Bondorenko, Ekaterina Volkova, and Vadim V. Takhteev for offering insights and taxonomic training throughout the development of this project. We would also like to thank Dag O. Hessen and an anonymous reviewer for helping us improve the clarity of our data article as well as the reproducibility and transparency of our data products. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF‐DEB‐1136637) to SEH, a Fulbright Fellowship to MFM, a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to MFM (NSF‐DGE‐1347973), and the Russian Ministry of Science and Education (N FZZE‐2020‐0026; N FZZE‐2020‐0023). This work serves as one chapter of MFM's doctoral dissertation in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University.

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the faculty, students, staff, and mariners of the Irkutsk State University's Biological Research Institute Biostation for their expert field, taxonomic, and laboratory support; Marianne Moore and Bart De Stasio for helpful advice; the researchers and students of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Limnological Institute for expert taxonomic and logistical assistance; Oleg A. Timoshkin, Tatiana Ya. Sitnikova, Irina V. Mekhanikova, Nina A. Bondorenko, Ekaterina Volkova, and Vadim V. Takhteev for offering insights and taxonomic training throughout the development of this project. We would also like to thank Dag O. Hessen and an anonymous reviewer for helping us improve the clarity of our data article as well as the reproducibility and transparency of our data products. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF-DEB-1136637) to SEH, a Fulbright Fellowship to MFM, a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to MFM (NSF-DGE-1347973), and the Russian Ministry of Science and Education (N FZZE-2020-0026; N FZZE-2020-0023). This work serves as one chapter of MFM's doctoral dissertation in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University.

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© 2021 The Authors. Limnology and Oceanography Letters published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.

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