Articles | Volume 15, issue 9
Research article
16 May 2018
Research article |  | 16 May 2018

Nitrogen cycling in Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie: oscillations between strong and weak export and implications for harmful algal blooms

Kateri R. Salk, George S. Bullerjahn, Robert Michael L. McKay, Justin D. Chaffin, and Nathaniel E. Ostrom


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (23 Mar 2018) by Gwenaël Abril
AR by Kateri Salk on behalf of the Authors (25 Apr 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (26 Apr 2018) by Gwenaël Abril
Short summary
This paper highlights dynamic nitrogen cycling in a freshwater estuary, with implications for harmful algal blooms and downstream nitrogen loading. Phytoplankton and microbes actively consumed nitrogen in this system, contributing to recycling of nitrogen within the system and permanent nitrogen removal, respectively. However, delivery of nitrogen from the river and fixation of atmospheric nitrogen by phytoplankton outweighed nitrogen uptake, resulting in variable downstream nitrogen delivery.
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