Long-term, high frequency in situ measurements of intertidal mussel bed temperatures using biomimetic sensors

Brian Helmuth, Francis Choi, Allison Matzelle, Jessica L. Torossian, Scott L. Morello, K. A.S. Mislan, Lauren Yamane, Denise Strickland, P. Lauren Szathmary, Sarah E. Gilman, Alyson Tockstein, Thomas J. Hilbish, Michael T. Burrows, Anne Marie Power, Elizabeth Gosling, Nova Mieszkowska, Christopher D.G. Harley, Michael Nishizaki, Emily Carrington, Bruce MengeLaura Petes, Melissa M. Foley, Angela Johnson, Megan Poole, Mae M. Noble, Erin L. Richmond, Matt Robart, Jonathan Robinson, Jerod Sapp, Jackie Sones, Bernardo R. Broitman, Mark W. Denny, Katharine J. MacH, Luke P. Miller, Michael O'Donnell, Philip Ross, Gretchen E. Hofmann, MacKenzie Zippay, Carol Blanchette, J. A. MacFarlan, Eugenio Carpizo-Ituarte, Benjamin Ruttenberg, Carlos E. Penã Mejiá, Christopher D. McQuaid, Justin Lathlean, Cristián J. Monaco, Katy R. Nicastro, Gerardo Zardi

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At a proximal level, the physiological impacts of global climate change on ectothermic organisms are manifest as changes in body temperatures. Especially for plants and animals exposed to direct solar radiation, body temperatures can be substantially different from air temperatures. We deployed biomimetic sensors that approximate the thermal characteristics of intertidal mussels at 71 sites worldwide, from 1998-present. Loggers recorded temperatures at 10-30 min intervals nearly continuously at multiple intertidal elevations. Comparisons against direct measurements of mussel tissue temperature indicated errors of ∼2.0-2.5 °C, during daily fluctuations that often exceeded 15°-20 °C. Geographic patterns in thermal stress based on biomimetic logger measurements were generally far more complex than anticipated based only on 'habitat-level' measurements of air or sea surface temperature. This unique data set provides an opportunity to link physiological measurements with spatially-and temporally-explicit field observations of body temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number160087
JournalScientific Data
StatePublished - 11 Oct 2016


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