|Title||Refractory dissolved organic nitrogen accumulation in high-elevation lakes|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Goldberg SJ, Ball G.I, Allen B.C, Schladow SG, Simpson A.J, Masoom H., Soong R., Graven HD, Aluwihare LI|
|Type of Article||Article|
|Keywords||atmospheric; carbon; chemically distinct; climate-change; deposition; fluorescence spectroscopy; matter; nmr-spectroscopy; pelagic bacteria; tahoe california nevada; water column|
The role of dissolved organic matter (DOM) as either a sink for inorganic nutrients or an additional nutrient source is an often-neglected component of nutrient budgets in aquatic environments. Here, we examined the role of DOM in reactive nitrogen (N) storage in Sierra Nevada (California, USA) lakes where atmospheric deposition of N has shifted the lakes toward seasonal phosphorus (P)-limitation. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and isotope analyses performed on DOM isolated from Lake Tahoe reveal the accumulation of refractory proteinaceous material with a 100-200-year residence time. In contrast, smaller lakes in the same watershed contain DOM with typical terrestrial characteristics, indicating that proteins in Lake Tahoe are autochthonously produced. These data support the role of DOM as a possible sink for reactive N in these lake ecosystems and identify a potential role for DOM in affecting the inorganic nutrient stoichiometry of these environments.
|Short Title||Nat. Commun.|