Archbold's Lake Annie is one of few subtropical lakes in the world under continuous study. It serves as a timekeeper of Florida's past, present, and future. Scientific discoveries are drawn from sediment records, monthly sampling, and monitoring buoys. Archbold collaborates with scientists around the world feeding data into regional to global networks, informing how lakes respond to change in Florida and worldwide.
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Primary Research Areas
Long-term limnology, Paleoecology - sediment cores, Climate change , Phytoplankton communities, Water quality
Archbold Biological Station, ~80 lake Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (gleon.org) , ~2000+ lake network in Florida Lakewatch (lakewatch.ifas.ufl.edu).
People working in this program
Sediment cores representing the last 40,000 years give insight into climate change and recent land use trends.
Long-term Lake Annie records
Long-term data determine trends over time in the physical, chemical, and biological features of this subtropical lake.
Buoys and Sensors
The Lake Annie buoy collects hourly/daily lake data to understand changes in features such as algae blooms, temperature mixing, nutrients for algae, oxygen for animals, and contributions to changing greenhouse gases.
Lakes write music. Science is listening.
Evelyn Gaiser | TEDx A classically trained musician, Dr. Evelyn Gaiser Archbold Research Associate translated high-frequency Lake Annie data to musical compositions to better understand and describe changes. Youtube TedXFIU. 18 mins.
Paleoecology of a Florida Lake
with Dr. Mark Brenner (University of Florida), who demonstrates in detail the process of coring a lake and discusses his career in paleoecology. This was filmed at Archbold Biological Station's Lake Annie, Florida. 13.48 mins. Archbold’s YouTube Channel.
Eyes on Lake Annie
A video by Into Nature Films. Describes the two-day launch during March, 2022, of the new data buoy into the middle of Archbold’s Lake Annie on the Lake Wales Ridge. Vimeo 7 mins.
Lake Annie virtual field tour
Selfie Shorts - Florida history at Lake Annie with Mr. Dustin
Archbold's Director of Education, Dustin Angell talks about the outsized history of Lake Annie, in the interior of Florida. 3 mins. Archbold’s YouTube Channel.
Coring Lake Annie
Featured News & Publications
The extent and variability of storm-induced temperature changes in lakes measured with long-term and high-frequency data.
Dissolved organic carbon as a driver of seasonal and multiyear phytoplankton assembly oscillations in a subtropical monomictic lake.