SS4.05 Tribute to Thomas Frost
Date: Monday, June 10, 2002
Time: 10:45:00 AM
Location: Sidney
 
Kratz, T, K, Trout Lake Station, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, USA, tkkratz@facstaff.wisc.edu
MagnusonJJ, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, USA, jmagnuson@mhub.limnology.wisc.edu
Webster, K, E, Department of Biolological Science, University of Maine, Orono, USA, katherine.webster@maine.edu
 
THE LITTLE ROCK LAKE ACIDIFICATION EXPERIMENT
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This long-term, interdisciplinary experiment tested the influence of acidification on a lake susceptible to the influence of acid precipitation. Key elements were to isolate one basin of the dumbbell shaped lake as a reference basin, to use long-term data from seven nearby Wisconsin LTER lakes for regional reference lakes, to lower the pH in 0.5-pH unit steps at two-year intervals to observe indirect effects of each pH level, to use limno-corrals to test specific hypotheses, and to allow the acidified side of the lake to recover naturally after the acidification phase ended. A network of researchers and support from several federal agencies, several state agencies, and universities in Minnesota and Wisconsin examined rich arrays of physical, chemical, and biological responses. Tom Frost led and participated in this significant project from shortly after his arrival at the Trout Lake Station in 1981 until his death in 2000. We greatly appreciate and remember Tomís contributions to the project, to the participants, and to the resulting science.