Steven A. Loiselle

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The aquatic macrophytic vegetation constituting the wetlands situated along the coast of Lake Victoria provides valuable services to both local and regional communities as well as an important ecological function through the transition between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The wetland vegetation is typically rooted in the substrate on the landward(More)
Dissolved organic matter represents the main reservoir of organic carbon in most aquatic ecosystems. In the present study, we determined the optical changes and the quantum yields of transient species formation for chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) samples undergoing photodegradation. The results show that the triplet states (3)CDOM* are(More)
Changes in the concentration and spectral absorption of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) may strongly condition the optical properties of tropical and subtropical water bodies. We examined the spatial distribution of CDOM-related absorption, spectral slope and vertical attenuation of solar radiation in two shallow lakes in the Esteros del Iberá(More)
Much of the lake shore in Lake Victoria is covered by extensive wetlands, often dominated by dense papyrus stands that extend out over the lake waters. These wetlands, their extension and management play a role in the physical, chemical and biological conditions of the inshore waters. Continuous transects along 180 km of shoreline together with spatial(More)
Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) is an important component in freshwater and marine ecosystems and plays direct and indirect role in biogeochemical cycles. CDOM originates from the degradation process of organic materials, usually macrophytes and planktons. The present work examines the importance of wetland derived CDOM on the optical and(More)
A two step approach was developed to estimate POC concentrations in a shallow eutrophic lake, where dissolved carbon and inorganic particulate matter strongly influence optical properties. The approach was based on the identification of a co-variability of POC concentrations with one or more inherent optical properties (IOPs). In the present case, a(More)
The complex interactions among optically active substances in Case II waters make it difficult to associate the variability in spectral radiance (or reflectance) to any single component. In the present study, we developed a four end-member spectral decomposition model to estimate chlorophyll-a concentrations in a eutrophic shallow lake—Lake Taihu. The new(More)
In the past two decades, optical properties of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in marine environments have been extensively studied. Many of these studies report CDOM properties for the offshore environment where this complex mixture of optically active compounds is strongly diluted. Nevertheless, autochthonous and allochthonous sources have(More)
The role of the pollen grain, with respect to the reproductive process of higher plants, is to deliver the spermatic cells to the embryo sac for egg fertilisation. Delivery occurs through the pollen tube, a self produced organ that is generated when the pollen grain reaches the stigma surface. The effect of magnetic fields on pollen tube growth was reported(More)
In aquatic ecosystems, the UV and visible radiation environment is strongly influenced by variation in the chemical and physical parameters of the ecosystems. In shallow lakes, highly heterogeneous water characteristics produce a wide variety of optical environments. Such ecosystems require analysis approaches that consider a potential variability. In this(More)