The River Laboratory heated pond mesocosms

The River Laboratory heated pond mesocosms
Legal name of organisation
Queen Mary University of London
United Kingdom
Organisation address


Mile End Road

London E1 4NS

United Kingdom

Primary contact information (PI)

Prof Mark Trimmer

Years of Mesocosm Experiments
2006 - present
Description of Facility
  • 20 pond mesocosms 2m diameter, arranged in pairs with one in each pair heated by 4°C relative to the other.
  • 36 unheated pond mesocosms also available at the site.
Controlled Parameters
  • temperature
Research Topics
  • Climate change, Ecosystem metabolism, NEP, ER (e.g. Yvon-Durocher et al. 2010. Proc R Soc B, 365: 2117-2126: Yvon-Durocher et al. 2017. Nature Climate Change 7: 209-213)
  • Body size, ecosystem functioning (e.g. Dossena et al 2012. Proc R Soc B 279: 3011-3019)
  • Gas exchange, Methanogenesis (e.g. Yvon-Durocher et al.2011  Global Change Biology, 17:1225-1234)
Facility location(s)
50.6666667, -2.1666666666666665
Primary interests
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem metabolism
Specialist areas
  • Metabolic theory
  • C and N dynamics
  • Continuous measurement of gas exchange
  • temperature with data loggers

available on site

Photos of experiments/installations
Foto credit: Yizhu Zhu
Foto credit: Yizhu Zhu