The effect of glacier recession on benthic and pelagic communities: case study in Herve Cove, Antarctica

Marta Potocka , Anna Kidawa , Anna Panasiuk , Luiza Bielecka , Justyna Wawrzynek-Borejko , Weronika Patuła , Kornelia A. Wójcik , Joanna Plenzler , Tomasz Janecki , Robert J. Bialik


Changes in macrobenthic and pelagic communities in the postglacial, partially isolated, lagoon Herve Cove in Admiralty Bay, King George Island, were investigated 15 years after the first comprehensive studies had been conducted in this region. The bottom area of the cove has enlarged from approximately 12 ha to 19 ha after the retreat of the Dera Icefall. Based on a photographic survey of the benthos and taxonomic composition of zooplankton, ecological succession and the colonization of new species have been observed. Several new species occur such as gastropods, seastars, sea urchins and isopods, and their presence in different parts of the cove, as well as breeding aggregations suggests that they reproduce there. The influence of glacial streams is notable in bottom assemblages. We propose that Herve Cove is a good research area for studies on ecological succession in newly opened areas. The colonization of this lagoon has been recognized to be in its developing stage, and research should be continued.
Author Marta Potocka
Marta Potocka,,
, Anna Kidawa
Anna Kidawa,,
, Anna Panasiuk (FOG/IO/DMPR)
Anna Panasiuk,,
- Division of Marine Plankton Research
, Luiza Bielecka (FOG/IO/DMEF)
Luiza Bielecka,,
- Division of Marine Ecosystems Functioning
, Justyna Wawrzynek-Borejko (FOG/IO/DMPR)
Justyna Wawrzynek-Borejko,,
- Division of Marine Plankton Research
, Weronika Patuła (FOG)
Weronika Patuła,,
- Faculty of Oceanography and Geography
, Kornelia A. Wójcik
Kornelia A. Wójcik,,
, Joanna Plenzler
Joanna Plenzler,,
, Tomasz Janecki
Tomasz Janecki,,
, Robert J. Bialik
Robert J. Bialik,,
Journal seriesJournal of Marine Science and Engineering, ISSN 2077-1312, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.75
Article number285
Keywords in Englishbenthic fauna, biodiversity, colonization, environmental succession, King George Island, glacial retreat, macrozoobenthos, West Antarctica, zooplankton
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Score (nominal)40
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ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 03-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
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