New PNAS paper on allometric scaling

Check out Nick’s new paper in PNAS, applying explanations of organismal metabolic scaling to estuarine ecosystem metabolism.

The paper explores an observation that larger estuaries tend to have a lower specific metabolism than smaller estuaries. This can be explained in terms of nonlinear changes in residence time:  estuaries vary in size by nearly ten orders of magnitude, but velocities change very little.

Our future work in this area is focused on understanding why and how estuaries deviate from this trend.