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Limnological and paleolimnological data

Here you can find limnological and paleolimnological data. Please be sure to cite the proper reference when using these data. Click on the dataset name to download an excel file with these data.



Arctic limnological data Hamilton, P., K. Gajewski, D. Atkinson and D. Lean. 2001. Physical and chemical limnology of lakes from the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Hydrobiologia 457:133-148.


calibration data


BSi data

Fortin, M-C and K Gajewski. 2009. Assessing the use of sediment organic, carbonate and biogenic silica content as indicators of environmental conditions in Arctic lakes. Polar Biology 32: 985-998. doi: 10.1007/s00300-009-0598-1

Reconstructions, optima Fortin, M-C and K Gajewski. 2012. Potential problems with the use of gridded climate data in regional quantitative paleoenvironmental studies from data-poor regions. Journal of Paleolimnology 48: 641-650. doi 10.1007/s10933-012-9639-9
Variability data Bunbury, J. and K. Gajewski. 2008. Does a one point sample adequately characterize the lake environment for paleoenvironmental calibration studies? Journal of Paleolimnology. 39:511-531.
Yukon chironomids Wilson, S.E. and K. Gajewski. 2004. Modern chironomid assemblages and their relationship to physical and chemical variables in southwest Yukon and northern British Columbia lakes. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, 36(4): 446-455.
Yukon ostracodes Bunbury, J. and K. Gajewski. Quantitative analysis of freshwater ostracodes in the southwest Yukon Territory, Canada. Hydrobiologia 545: 117-128.
Yukon diatoms Wilson, S. and K. Gajewski. 2002. Surface sediment diatom assemblages and water chemistry from 42 subarctic lakes in the southwestern Yukon and northern British Columbia, Canada. Ecoscience 9: 256-270.
Arctic diatoms Bouchard, G., K Gajewski and P Hamilton. 2004. Biogeography of diatoms from the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Journal of Biogeography 31:1955-1973.
Arctic Diatoms 2
Finkelstein, SA, J Bunbury, K Gajewski, AP Wolfe, JK Adams and JE Devlin. 2014. Evaluating diatom-derived Holocene pH reconstructions for arctic lakes using an expanded 171-lake training set. Journal of Quaternary Science 29: 249-260. DOI: 10.1002/jqs.2697

Arctic chironomids

Gajewski, K., G. Bouchard, S.E. Wilson, J. Kurek and L.C. Cwynar. 2005. Distribution of Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) head capsules in recent sediments of Canadian Arctic lakes. Hydrobiologia. 549: 131-143.

Arctic chironomids -2 Fortin, M-C and K Gajewski. 2011. Modern chironomid assemblages from the Canadian Arctic. Geohydro 2011. Quebec.
New chironomid calilbration dataset for Canadian Arctic

Fortin, M-C, AS Medeiros, K Gajewski, EM Barley, I Larocque-Tobler, DF Porinchu and SE Wilson. 2015. Chironomid-environment relations in northern North America. Journal of Paleolimnology 54: 223-237. DOI: 10.1007/s10933-015-9848-0

Medeiros, AS, K Gajewski, J Vermaire, D Porinchu and B Wolfe. 2015. Detecting the influence of secondary environmental gradients on chironomid-inferred paleotemperature reconstructions. Quaternary Science Reviews 124: 265-274 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.07.010

Arctic ostracodes

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Bunbury, J. and K. Gajewski. 2009. Biogeography of freshwater ostracodes in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Arctic 62:324-332.


fossil data


Upper Fly Lake data Bunbury, J and Gajewski, K. 2009. Postglacial climates inferred from a lake at treeline, southwest Yukon Territory, Canada. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28: 354-369.
Core WB02 chironomid data

Fortin, M-C and K Gajewski. 2010. Holocene climate change and its effect on lake ecosystem production on northern Victoria Island, Canadian Arctic. Journal of Paleolimnology 43: 219-234 doi: 10.1007/s10933-009-9326-7

Core DV09 data Gajewski, K., P. Hamilton and R. McNeely. 1997. A high-resolution proxy-climate record from an arctic lake with annually-laminated sediments on Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada. Journal of paleolimnology 17:215-225.
Core JR01 diatom data Leblanc, M, K Gajewski and P Hamilton. 2004. A diatom-based Holocene paleoenvironmental record from a lake on the Boothia Peninsula, Nunavut, Canada. The Holocene 14: 423-431.
Core JR01 chironomid data Fortin, M-C and K Gajewski. 2016. Multi-proxy paleoecological evidence of Holocene climatic changes on the Boothia Peninsula, Canadian Arctic. Quaternary Research 85: 347-357. doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2016.02.003
Core KR02 diatom data Podritske B and K Gajewski. 2007. Diatom community response to multiple scales of Holocene climate variability in a small lake on Victoria Island, NWT, Canada. Quaternary Science Reviews. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2007.06.009.
Core KR02 chironomid data Fortin, M-C and K Gajewski. 2010. Postglacial environmental history of western Victoria Island, Canadian Arctic. Quaternary Science Reviews. 29: 2099-2110. cleardoi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.05.004 
PW02 diatom data Finkelstein, S A and K Gajewski. 2008. Responses of Fragilarioid-dominated diatom assemblages in a small Arctic lake to Holocene climatic changes, Russell Island, Nunavut, Canada. Journal of Paleolimnology 40: 1079-1095.
PW03 diatom data Finkelstein, S and K GAJEWSKI. 2007. A paleolimnological record of diatom community dynamics and late Holocene climatic changes from Prescott Island, Nunavut, central Canadian Arctic. Holocene 17: 803-812.
BC01 data Peros, M.C., Gajewski, K., Paull, T., Ravindra, R., Podritske, B. (2010) Multi-proxy record of postglacial environmental change, south-central Melville Island, Northwest Territories, Canada. Quaternary Research 73:247-258 doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2009.11.010

DV09-CJES2013 data

Google earth file

Courtney Mustaphi, C.J., Gajewski, K. 2013. Holocene sediments from a coastal lake on northern Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. Doi:10.1139/cjes-2012-0143.




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