This study was carried out at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany and was part of the research project CONTINENT supported by the European Commission (Contract no. EVK2-2000-00057).
Thanks are due to many, many people, but unfortunately only some can be cited here.
I am especially grateful to:
- Late Prof. J.-G. Kohl (HUB, Berlin, Germany) who some years ago, first excited my interest for the freshwater ecology and ecophysiology.
- Prof. Andreas Nicklisch (HUB), the supervisor of this study, for his enthusiasm, his permanent encouragement and his assistance for both analyses and interpretations. He also provided my main theoretical background and greatly enhanced this thesis.
- Hedi Oberhänsli (GFZ, Potsdam, Germany) for the organisation and permanent support of the CONTINENT project and of the expeditions.
- Iola Boëchat, Susan Wilhelm and Björn Gücker and all ex-occupants of the ´Kinderzimmer´ (IGB, Berlin) for both the fun and the scientific support, and not at least for chocolate and bananinhos…
- Hanna Winkler, Marianne Graupe, and Helgard Täuscher (IGB) for their help with HPLC and CN analyses, for phytoplankton counts, and for their wunderful helpfulness.
- Prof. Walz and “Department of Shallow Lakes” (IGB) for the nice working atmosphere.
- Prof. Steinberg (IGB; director) for the opportunity to work at the IGB.
- Lubov Izmest’eva (SRIB, Irkutsk, Russia; director) for supervising the IGB-SRIB cooperation and for logistic support in Bolshye Koti.
- Galina Kobanova, Ludmila Kraschuk, Elena Pislegina (SRIB) for sampling, sample processing, spectrophotometric analyses and phytoplankton counts and also for their warm welcome and nice accommodation in Bolshye Koti.
- Maxim Timofeyev (Inst. Biology, Irkutsk and IGB) for his help to contact the SRIB and for several important translations (including Russian abstract of this thesis).
- Nadia Cherepanova (Limnological Inst., Irkutsk) and her family for logistic support of all my expeditions and also for their special care in Irkutsk.
- Ruslan Gnatovski and Oleg M. Khlustov (LIN) for leading the ship expeditions and Nikolai Budnev (Inst. Physics, Irkutsk) for leading the expedition on ice.
- Mike Sturm, Michi Schurter (EAWAG, Dübendorf, Switzerland), and Lena Vologina (Inst. Earth Crust, Irkutsk) for the deployment and recovery of the moorings and gravity cores; Lena Vologina for “chai”, wafers, chats and for always inspiring a nice atmosphere on board.
- Dieter Meischner and “Team Göttingen” (Univ. Göttingen, Germany) for the recovery of the kasten and piston cores and Francois Demory, Philippe Sorel, and Jens Klump (GFZ) for background data on piston cores.
- Mary Russell (Univ. Durham, UK) who provided my first short core.
- Olga Belykh (LIN) who provided my first Baikalian phytoplankton strain.
- All CONTINENT members, who contributed considerably to the present thesis by their practical help, scientific advice and data contributions; especially: Birgit Heim, Klaus Zink (GFZ), Vera Straskrabova, Jakub Borovec (HBI, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic), and T. Rosell-Mélé (CEA, Barcelona, Spain).
- Gregor Kölsch (Univ. Kiel, Germany) for organisation and transport of monitoring samples from Bolshye Koti to Germany, despite this caused some inconveniencies for his own stage.
- Reviewers and committee of this thesis for their engagement; and potential readers for their interest.
- All co-authors of the articles for their contributions.
- David Jewson, Anson Mackay, David Morley (UCL, London, UK), David Livingstone (EAWAG), Jan Köhler (IGB), Vera Straskrabova (HBI), as well as several editors and reviewers for their constructive objections and enhancements of the manuscripts.
- Ruth Willmott, Sarah Poynton and http://dict.leo.org/ for text enhancement.
- My family, my friend, and friends for many things…
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