We are investigating how the huge and frequent emergence of adult chironomids from saline lakes can support terrestrial food webs.
Chironomids are highly effective indicators of lake salinity. Some chironmoid species tolerate higher salinity levels better than others.
Studying their abundance over time tell us about previous climate fluctuations and indicates the importance of these saline lakes to predators as a food source.
Our research is based at Lake Bogoria in the Kenyan Rift Valley, a hypersaline lake set in an arid unproductive landscape.
The research is focused around: