Fernando L. Pedrozo

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The Rio Agrio watershed in northern Patagonia, Argentina is naturally acidic due to discharges of volcanic H2SO4, HCl, and HF at its headwaters near the summit of Copahue Volcano. A suite of water samples was collected from the summit of the volcano to a point roughly 40 km downstream where the pH of the Rio Agrio rose above 6.0. This suite included a(More)
The acidic caldera lake Caviahue (Patagonia, Argentina) and its main tributaries were studied on two dates during September 1998. The main results are: The acidity of the Lake Caviahue (pH: 2.56, acidity: >5 mmol H+ l−1) is controlled by the extremely acidic Upper Rio Agrio (pH: 1.78, acidity: >20 mmol H+ l−1). The high sulphate contents of both the river(More)
As a result of a low pH, the inorganic carbon of acidic lakes is present as CO2 at air-equilibrium concentration and is substantially lower than the inorganic carbon concentration in higher-pH waters with bicarbonate. This situation is quite common in artificially acidified lakes and where inorganic carbon is considered the limiting factor in phytoplankton(More)
The Araucanian lake district in southern South America encompasses many great lakes of glacial origin, as well as a large number of smaller lakes. In this study, we present data on two waterbodies, one large (Nahuel Huapi), and one shallow (Verde). The phytoplankton community structure and dynamics or either lake were monitored for a year, in relation to(More)
We explored a benthic community living on stones in an acidic (pH≤2) stream of active volcanic origin from Patagonia, Argentina, by combining in situ measurements (temperature, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen), photosynthesis of intact biofilms (measured with microsensors by the light–dark shift method), pure-culture experiments on isolated algae, and(More)
Irradiation of natural water samples with natural or artificial UVR typically results in a progressive loss of color and decreased absorbance; a process often referred to as photobleaching. In a typical photobleaching experiment, samples are exposed to a relatively constant level of artificial or natural UVR. However, under most natural situations, the(More)
The application of trait-based approaches has become a widely applied tool to analyse community assembly processes and dynamics in phytoplankton communities. Its advantages include summarizing information of many species without losing essentials of the main driving processes. Here, we used trait-based approaches to study phytoplankton temporal succession(More)
We investigated whether algal osmotrophy in naturally acidic Lake Caviahue is an important process for acquisition of organic carbon and organic nitrogen. To accomplish this, we quantified algal assimilation of organic compounds, measured the specific growth rate and biomass yield, and documented incorporation of organic compounds by phytoplankton in situ(More)
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are pollutants that are potentially carcinogenic, are widely distributed in the environment, and accumulate in soils. The peroxydisulfate anion strategy for the remediation of PAH-contaminated soils has attracted widespread interest, despite its negative effects on soil microbial activity as a result of oxidative(More)
The objective of this study was to determine if extreme acidic Lake Caviahue could be used as a sentinel of atmospheric deposition hypothesizing that the physiological state of algae will be the indicator parameter. The lake was sampled from 2000 to 2015 in order to determine chlorophyll concentration, algae abundance and phytoplankton in vivo fluorescence(More)
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