Life cycles of freshwater invertebrates and global climate change in the sub-Antarctic Magellanic ecoregion: long-term ecological research at the Omora Ethonobotanical Park, Biosphere Reserve Cape Horn (55 degrees S)

Contador T.; Kennedy, J; Ojeda J.; Feinsinger P.; Rozzi R.

Keywords: conservation, phenology, benthic macroinvertebrates, stream ecology

Abstract

The Omora Ehtonobotanical Park (55 degrees S) is the southernmost site of the LTSER network-Chile and the interdisciplinary research center of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve in the sub-Antarctic Magellanic ecoregion. The park protects the Robalo River watershed that provides water to Puerto Williams, the capital of the Chilean Antarctic Province. In 2008, we initiated long-term studies on the diversity, distribution and life histories of aquatic insects associated with the Robalo River and other streams on Navarino Island. These studies are of major interest to the LTSER-Chile network and to world science for three reasons: 1) the unique climatic characteristics of the sub-Antarctic Magellanic ecoregion, which contrast with those of the Northern Hemisphere; 2) responses of freshwater insects and their life cycles are very sensitive to temperature, and along the thermic variations associated with the altitudinal gradient of the Robalo River we can make predictions for various scenarios of Global Climate Change; 3) the life cycles of freshwater insects have been understudied in southwestern South America, and by incorporating similar studies of phenological responses of freshwater insects at other sites LTSER-Chile sites along a latitudinal gradient will allow us to assess early signals of this biota to global climate change.

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Título según WOS: Life cycles of freshwater invertebrates and global climate change in the sub-Antarctic Magellanic ecoregion: long-term ecological research at the Omora Ethonobotanical Park, Biosphere Reserve Cape Horn (55 degrees S)
Título según SCOPUS: Life cycles of freshwater invertebrates and global climate change in the sub-antarctic magellanic ecoregion: Long-term ecological research at the omora ethonobotanical park, biosphere reserve cape horn (55° s) [Ciclos de vida de insectos dulceacuícolas y cambio climático global en la ecorregión subantártica de Magallanes: Investigaciones ecológicas a largo plazo en el Parque Etnobotánico Omora, Reserva de Biosfera Cabo de Hornos (55° S)]
Título según SCIELO: Ciclos de vida de insectos dulceacuícolas y cambio climático global en la ecorregión subantártica de Magallanes: investigaciones ecológicas a largo plazo en el Parque Etnobotánico Omora, Reserva de Biosfera Cabo de Hornos (55° S)
Título de la Revista: Bosque
Volumen: 35
Número: 3
Editorial: Universidad Austral de Chile
Fecha de publicación: 2014
Página de inicio: 429
Página final: 437
Idioma: Spanish
DOI/URL:

10.4067/S0717-92002014000300018

Identificador: 10.4067/S0717-92002014000300018
Notas: ISI, SCIELO, SCOPUS