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  1. The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) sponsors Eco-DAS, which is now in its 30th year. The program aims to unite aquatic scientists, develop diverse collaborations, and provide professional development training opportunities with guests from federal agencies, nonprofits, academia, tribal groups, and other workplaces (a previous iteration is summarized in Ghosh et al. 2022). Eco-DAS XV was one of the largest and most nationally diverse cohorts, including 37 early career aquatic scientists, 15 of whom were originally from 9 different countries outside the United States (Fig. 2). As the first cohort to meet in-person since the COVID-19 pandemic, Eco-DAS participants convened from 5 to 11 March 2023 to expand professional networks, create shared projects, and discuss areas of priority for the aquatic sciences. During the weeklong meeting, participants developed 46 proposal ideas, 16 of which will be further developed into projects and peer-reviewed manuscripts. 
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    Chlorophyll and total phosphorus (TP) concentrations are key indicators of lake water quality and the relationship between them is a common tool for assessing lake trophic status. Despite the application of the chlorophyll–TP relationship in management settings, there is still an absence of a mechanistic understanding underlying its shape. We leveraged a process‐based model that focuses primarily on biogeochemical and physiological mechanisms to develop a framework that reconciles interactions between multiscale drivers of the chlorophyll–TP relationship, such as hydrologic P loads, lake shape, and algal physiology. We found that combinations of lake shape and hydrologic P load induce broad shifts in algal limitation status that underly the shape of the chlorophyll–TP relationship. Furthermore, we highlight the importance of algal traits in controlling shifts in limitation. Our framework ties key landscape and ecosystem features to biological limitation and provides a synthetic and process‐based understanding of the chlorophyll–TP relationship.

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  3. Abstract

    The limits on primary production vary in complex ways across space and time. Strong tests of clear conceptual models have been instrumental in understanding these patterns in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Here we present the first experimental test of a new model describing how shifts from nutrient to light limitation control primary productivity in lake ecosystems as hydrological inputs of nutrients and organic matter vary. We found support for two key predictions of the model: that gross primary production (GPP) follows a hump‐shaped relationship with increasing dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations; and that the maximum GPP, and the critical DOC concentration at which the hump occurs, are determined by the stoichiometry and chromophoricity of the hydrological inputs. Our results advance fundamental understanding of the limits on aquatic primary production, and have important applications given ongoing anthropogenic alterations of the nutrient and organic matter inputs to surface waters.

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