Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Sediment reworking by the burrowing polychaete Hediste diversicolor modulated by environmental and biological factors across the temperate North Atlantic. A tribute to Gaston Desrosiers

Franck Gilbert 1 Erik Kristensen 2 Robert Aller 3 Gary Banta 2, 4 Philippe Archambault 5, 6 Rénald Belley 1, 5 Luca Bellucci 7 Lois Calder 8 Philippe Cuny 9 Xavier de Montaudouin 10 Susanne Eriksson 11 Stefan Forster 12 Patrick Gillet 13 Jasmin Godbold 14, 15 Ronnie Glud 16 Jonas Gunnarsson 17 Stefan Hulth 18 Stina Lindqvist 18 Anthony Maire 1 Emma Michaud 19 Karl Norling 11 Judith Renz 12 Martin Solan 14 Michael Townsend 20 Nils Volkenborn 3, 21 Stephen Widdicombe 22 Georges Stora 9
Abstract : Particle mixing and irrigation of the seabed by benthic fauna (bioturbation) have major impacts on ecosystem functions such as remineralization of organic matter and sediment-water exchange. As a tribute to Prof. Gaston Desrosiers by the Nereis Park association, eighteen laboratories carried out a collaborative experiment to acquire a global snapshot of particle reworking by the polychaete Hediste diversicolor at 16 sites surrounding the Northern Atlantic. Organisms and soft sediments were collected during May – July at different geographical locations and, using a common laboratory protocol, particulate fluorescent tracers (‘luminophores’) were used to quantify particle transport over a 10-day period. Particle mixing was quantified using the maximum penetration depth of tracers (MPD), particle diffusive coefficients (Db), and non-local transport coefficients (r). Non-local coefficients (reflecting centimeter scale transport steps) ranged from 0.4 to 15 yr−1, and were not correlated across sites with any measured biological (biomass, biovolume) or environmental parameters (temperature, grain size, organic matter). Maximum penetration depths (MPD) averaged ~10.7 cm (6.5–14.5 cm), and were similar to the global average bioturbation depth inferred from short-lived radiochemical tracers. MPD was also not correlated with measures of size (individual biomass), but increased with grain size and decreased with temperature. Biodiffusion (Db) correlated inversely with individual biomass (size) and directly with temperature over the environmental range (Q10 ~ 1.7; 5–21 °C). The transport data were comparable in magnitude to rates reported for localized H. diversicolor populations of similar size, and confirmed some but not all correlations between sediment reworking and biological and environmental variables found in previous studies. The results imply that measures of particle reworking activities of a species from a single location can be generally extrapolated to different populations at similar conditions.
Complete list of metadata

https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-03233589
Contributor : Philippe Cuny <>
Submitted on : Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 11:56:46 AM
Last modification on : Monday, June 14, 2021 - 9:36:08 AM
Long-term archiving on: : Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 6:53:33 PM

File

gilbert_27951.pdf
Publisher files allowed on an open archive

Identifiers

Citation

Franck Gilbert, Erik Kristensen, Robert Aller, Gary Banta, Philippe Archambault, et al.. Sediment reworking by the burrowing polychaete Hediste diversicolor modulated by environmental and biological factors across the temperate North Atlantic. A tribute to Gaston Desrosiers. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Elsevier, 2021, 541, pp.151588. ⟨10.1016/j.jembe.2021.151588⟩. ⟨hal-03233589⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

104

Files downloads

64