Oneida Lake: Long-term Dynamics of a Managed Ecosystem and Its Fishery

Chapter 13: Comparisons of Water Clarity and Climate Warming Effects on Hydrodynamics of Oneida Lake: Applications of a Dynamic Reservoir Model

Bart T. De Stasio, Alan Joice, Kathy Prescott, Gideon Gal, David P. Hamilton, and Lars G. Rudstam

doi: https://doi.org/10.47886/9781934874431.ch13

Food web interactions and fisheries are intimately linked with the physical environment. Temperature, in particular, drives ecological interactions by affecting metabolic rates, including activity, feeding rates, and mortality. In addition, temperature can drive ecology by affecting distributions, thereby controlling encounter rates between predators and prey as well as interactions between competitors, and by affecting early mortality in fishes, which contributes to variability in year-class strength (Koonce et al. 1977; Magnuson et al. 1979; Parker-Stetter et al. 2007). Additionally, the duration of ice cover and onset of spring warming may affect overwinter fish mortality (Fitzgerald et al. 2006) and spring phytoplankton bloom dynamics among other factors (Adrian et al. 1999; Schindler et al. 2005; Caceres et al. Chapter 11).