The temperature of the air around you and me has an enormous effect on our daily lives. It is not surprising then, that temperature also has an enormous effect on the lives of organisms that spend their whole lives outside. In fact, many aspects of nature depend on temperature--the speed of sound, the density of water, even the number of insect sounds you hear outside at night!



Even though they are widespread, the links between temperature and the environment can sometimes surprise us. That's why we need science--because it's the single best tool we have to unravel nature's surprises and learn about our world.




So, to know what aquatic ecosystems will look like in the warmer world of tomorrow, I study how much they depend on temperature today.