Macrosystems Ecology Publications

Joint-first authors indicated by *

Macrosystems Science — Concepts

Wagner, T., C.E. Fergus, C.A. Stow, K.S. Cheruvelil, and P.A. Soranno. 2016. The statistical power to detect cross-scale interactions at macroscales. Ecosphere 7(7):e01417. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.1417 Open Access

Heffernan*, J.B., P.A. Soranno*, M.J. Angilletta, L.B. Buckley, D.S. Gruner, T.H. Keitt, J.R. Kellner, J.S. Kominoski, A.V. Rocha1, J. Xiao, T.K. Harms, S.J. Goring, L.E. Koenig, W.H. McDowell, H. Powell, A.D. Richardson , C.A. Stow, R. Vargas, K.C. Weathers.  2014. Macrosystems ecology: Understanding ecological pattern and process at continental scales. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 12(1):5-14. doi: 10.1890/130017 Open-access

Soranno, P.A., K.S. Cheruvelil, E. Bissell, M. Tate Bremigan, J.A. Downing, C.E. Fergus, C. Filstrup, N.R. Lottig, E.N. Henry, E.H. Stanley, C.A. Stow, P.-N. Tan, T. Wagner, K.E. Webster. 2014.  Cross-scale interactions: Quantifying multi-scaled cause-effect relationships in macrosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 12(1):65-73. doi: 10.1890/120366 Open-access

Macrosystems Science — Spatial and temporal variation

Soranno, P.A.*, K.S. Cheruvelil*, B. Liu, Q. Wang, P.-N. Tan, J. Zhou, K.B.S. King, I.M. McCullough, J Stachelek, M. Bartley, C.T. Filstrup, E.M. Hanks, J.-F. Lapierre, N.R. Lottig, E.M. Schliep, T. Wagner, K.E. Webster. 2020. Ecological prediction at macroscales using big data: does sampling design matter? Ecological Applications. 

Filstrup, C.T., K.B.S. King, I.M. McCullough. 2019. Evenness effects mask richness effects on ecosystem functioning at macro-scales in lakes. Ecology Letters 22(12): 2120-2129.

King, K., K.S. Cheruvelil, and A. Pollard. 2019. Drivers and spatial structure of abiotic and biotic properties of lakes, wetlands, and streams at the national scale. Ecological Applications 29(7): e01957.

Soranno*, P.A., T. Wagner*, S.M. Collins, J.-F. Lapierre, N.R. Lottig, S.K. Oliver. 2019. Spatial and temporal variation of ecosystem properties at macroscales. Ecology Letters 22(10): 1587-1598.

Lapierre, J.-F., Collins, S.M., Seekell, D.A., Cheruvelil, K.S., Skaff, N.K., Taranu, Z.E., Fergus. C.E., Tan. P.-N. and Soranno P.A. 2018. Similarity in spatial structure constrains ecosystem relationships: Building a macroscale understanding of lakes. Global Ecology and Biogeography 27(10): 1251-1263. doi: 10.1111/geb.12781

Lottig, N., P.-N. Tan, T. Wagner, K.S. Cheruvelil, P.A. Soranno, E. Stanley, C. Scott, C. Stow, S. Yuan. 2017. Macroscale patterns of synchrony identify complex relationships among spatial and temporal ecosystem drivers. Ecosphere 8(12):e02024.

Oliver, S.K., S.M. Collins, P.A. Soranno, T. Wagner, E.H. Stanley, J. Jones, C. Stow, N. Lottig. 2017. Unexpected stasis in a changing world: Lake nutrient and chlorophyll trends since 1990. Global Change Biology 23:5455–5467  doi: 10.1111/gcb.13810

Lapierre, J.-F., D. Seekell, C.T. Filstrup, S.M. Collins, C.E. Fergus, P.A. Soranno, K.S. Cheruvelil. 2017. Continental-scale variation in controls of summer CO2 in United States lakes. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences 122(4):875-885. doi: 10.1002/2016JG003525. PDF

Cheruvelil, K.S., P.A. Soranno, M.T. Bremigan, and K.E. Webster. 2013. Multi-scaled drivers of ecosystem state: Quantifying the importance of the regional spatial scale.  Ecological Applications. 23:1603-1618. doi: 10.1890/12-1872.1  PDF

Macrosystems Science — Global change and Conservation

McCullough, I.M., King, K.B.S., Stachelek, J., Diaz, J., Soranno P.A. and K.S. Cheruvelil. 2019. Applying the patch-matrix model to lakes: a connectivity-based conservation framework. Landscape Ecology.

McCullough, I.M., N.K. Skaff, P.A. Soranno, and K.S. Cheruvelil. 2019. No lake left behind: How well do U.S. protected areas meet lake conservation targets? Limnology & Oceanography Letters. 4(6):183-192.

McCullough, I.M., K.S. Cheruvelil, J.-F. Lapierre, N.R. Lottig, M.A. Moritz, J. Stachelek, P.A. Soranno. 2019. Do lakes feel the burn? Ecological consequences of increasing exposure of lakes to fire in the continental U.S. Global Change Biology 25(9): 2841-2854.

Seekell, D., J.-F. Lapierre, K.S. Cheruvelil. 2018. The geography of lake carbon cycling. Limnology & Oceanography Letters 3: 49-56.

Macrosystems Science — Evaluating broad-scaled datasets

Poisson*, A.C., I.M. McCullough*, K.S. Cheruvelil, K.C. Elliott, J.A. Latimore, and P.A. Soranno. 2019. Quantifying the contribution of citizen science to broad-scale ecological databases. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 18(1):19-26.

Stanley, E.H., S.M. Collins, N.R. Lottig, S.K. Oliver, K.E. Webster, K.S. Cheruvelil, and P.A. Soranno. 2019. Biases in lake water quality sampling and implications for macroscale research. Limnology & Oceanography. 64(4):1572-1585.

Stow, C.A., K.E. Webster, T. Wagner, N.R. Lottig, P.A. Soranno, and Y-K. Cha. 2018. Small values in big data: The continuing need for appropriate metadata. Ecological Informatics 45:26-30.

Oliver, S.K., P.A. Soranno, E. Fergus, T. Wagner, L.A. Winslow, C.E. Scott, K.E. Webster, J.A. Downing, and E.H. Stanley. 2016. Prediction of lake depth across a 17-state region in the United States. Inland Waters 6:314-324. doi: 10.5268/IW-6.3.957 PDF

Landscape Limnology

Stachelek, J., Weng, W., Carey, C.C., Kemanian, A.R., Cobourn, K.M., Wagner, T., Weathers, K.C., Soranno, P.A., 2020. Granular measures of agricultural land-use influence lake nitrogen and phosphorus differently at macroscales. Ecological Applications.

Zhongyao Liang, Patricia A. Soranno, Tyler Wagner. 2020. The role of phosphorus and nitrogen on chlorophyll a: Evidence from hundreds of lakes. Water Research 185:116236

Wagner, T., N.R. Lottig, M.L. Bartley, E.M. Hanks, E.M. Schliep, N.B. Wikle, K.B.S. King, I. McCullough, J. Stachelek, K.S. Cheruvelil, C.T. Filstrup, J.-F. Lapierre, B. Liu, P.A. Soranno, P.-N. Tan, Q. Wang, K.E. Webster, J. Zhou. 2020. Increasing accuracy of lake nutrient predictions in thousands of lakes by leveraging water clarity data. Limnology & Oceanography Letters 5(2):228-235.

Qian, S.S., C.A. Stow, A.F. Nojavan, J. Stachelek, Y. Cha, I. Alameddine, and P.A. Soranno. 2019. The implications of Simpson’s paradox for cross-scale inference among lakes. Water Research 163: e114855.

Stachelek, J. and P.A. Soranno. 2019. Does freshwater connectivity influence phosphorus retention in lakes? Limnology and Oceanography. 64(4): 1586-1599.

Collins, S.M., Yuan, S., Tan, P.N., Oliver, S.K., Lapierre, J.F., Cheruvelil, K.S., Fergus, C.E., Skaff, N.K., Stachelek, J., Wagner, T., Soranno, P.A. 2019. Winter precipitation and summer temperature predict lake water quality at macroscales. Water Resources Research 55(4):2708-2721.

McCullough, I. M., Cheruvelil, K. S., Collins, S. C. and P. A. Soranno. 2019. Geographic patterns of the climate sensitivity of lakes. Ecological Applications 29(2):e01836.

Wagner, T. and E.M. Schliep. 2018. Combining nutrient, productivity, and landscape-based regressions improves predictions of lake nutrients and provides insight into nutrient coupling at macroscales. Limnology and Oceanography 63:2372-2383.

Filstrup, C. T., Wagner, T., Oliver, S. K., Stow, C. A., Webster, K. E., Stanley, E. H. and Downing, J. A. 2017. Evidence for regional nitrogen stress on chlorophyll a in lakes across large landscape and climate gradients. Limnology and Oceanography 63(S1): S324-S339. doi:10.1002/lno.10742

Fergus, C. E., J. F. Lapierre, S. K. Oliver, N. K. Skaff, K. S. Cheruvelil, K. Webster, C. Scott, and P. Soranno. 2017. The freshwater landscape: lake, wetland, and stream abundance and connectivity at macroscales. Ecosphere 8(8):e01911. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.1911 

Collins, S.M., S.K. Oliver, J.-F. Lapierre, E.H. Stanley, J. Jones, T. Wagner, P.A. Soranno. 2017. Lake nutrient stoichiometry is less predictable than nutrient concentrations at regional and sub-continental scales. Ecological Applications 27(5): 1529–1540. doi: 10.1002/eap.1545. PDF

Fergus, C.E., A.O. Finley, P.A. Soranno, T. Wagner. 2016. Spatial variation in nutrient and water color effects on lake chlorophyll at macroscales. PloS ONE. 11(10): e0164592. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164592 Open access

Skaff, N.K., K.S. Cheruvelil. 2016. Fine-scale wetland features mediate vector and climate-dependent macroscale patterns in human West Nile virus incidence. Landscape Ecology 31(7):1615-1628. doi:10.1007/s10980-016-0346-1 PDF

Filstrup, C.T., T. Wagner, P.A. Soranno, E.H. Stanley, C.A. Stow, K.E. Webster, and J.A. Downing. 2014. Regional variability among nonlinear chlorophyll-phosphorus relationships in lakes. Limnology and Oceanography 59(5):1691-1703. doi:10.4319/lo.2014.59.5.1691 PDF

Lottig, N.R., T. Wagner. E.N. Henry, K.S. Cheruvelil, K.E. Webster, J.A. Downing, and C.A. Stow. 2014. Long-term citizen-collected data reveal geographical patterns and temporal trends in lake water clarity. PLoS ONE 9(4): e95769. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095769 Open-access


Soranno, P.A., K.E. Webster, N.J. Smith, J. Diaz Vazquez, K.S. Cheruvelil. 2020. What’s in a “lake” name? That which we call a lake by any other name. Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin 29(1):1-7.

Stanley, E.H., S. Salzaar, N.R. Lottig, E.M. Schliep, C.T. Filstrup and S.M. Collins. 2019. Comparison of total nitrogen data from direct and Kjeldahl-based approaches in integrated datasets. Limnology and Oceanography Methods. DOI: 10.1002/lom3.10338

Filstrup, C. T., and Downing, J. A. 2017. Relationship of chlorophyll to phosphorus and nitrogen in nutrient-rich lakes. Inland Waters 7:385-400. doi: 10.1080/20442041.2017.1375176

Macrosystems Ecology Approaches

Levy, O., B.A. Ball, B. Bond-Lamberty, K.S. Cheruvelil, A.O. Finley, N. Lottig, S. Punyasena, J. Xiao, J. Zhou, L.B. Buckley, J. Clark, C.T. Filstrup, T. Keitt, J.R. Kellner, A.K. Knapp, A. Richardson, C. Stow, D. Tcheng, M. Toomey, R. Vargas, J.W. Voordeckers, T. Wagner, J.W. Williams. 2014. Approaches for advancing scientific understanding of macrosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12: 15-23. doi: 10.1890/130019 Open-access

Ruegg, J., C. Gries, B. Bond-Lamberty, G.J. Bowen, B.S. Felzer, N.E. McIntyre, P.A. Soranno, K.L. Vanderbilt, K.C. Weathers. 2014. Completing the data life cycle: Using information management in macrosystems ecology research. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 12(1):24-30. doi: 10.1890/120375 Open-access