O'Gorman, E.J.; Robinson, S.I.

Invertebrate community assembly data across a natural soil temperature gradient in Iceland from May-July 2015

This is a dataset of environmental variables, total invertebrate abundance, and mean invertebrate body mass, sampled at 60 soil habitat patches in the Hengill geothermal valley, Iceland, from May to July 2015. The habitat patches span a temperature gradient of 5-22 °C on average over the sampling period, yet they occur within 2 km of each other and have similar soil moisture, pH, total carbon, and total nitrogen.

Publication date: 2021-02-08

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This dataset is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: O'Gorman, E.J.; Robinson, S.I. (2021). Invertebrate community assembly data across a natural soil temperature gradient in Iceland from May-July 2015. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/e00770f3-4acf-4fd5-ba29-0a4dbdca09a4



Study area
Temporal extent
2015-05-01    to    2015-07-31

Provenance & quality

Epigeal invertebrate communities were sampled at three soil habitat patches on each bank of 10 geothermally heated streams in the Hengill valley, Iceland, using five pitfall traps left for 48 hours in each plot, at four time-points during the study: 19th May, 4th June, 23rd June, and 5th of July. White plastic cups of 7 cm diameter and 8.5 cm depth were filled with 10 ml of ethylene glycol and 30 ml of stream water, and left for 48 hours before collection. During collection, samples from the five traps at each habitat patch were combined into a 250-μm sieve and stored in 70% ethanol. Terrestrial invertebrates were identified to species level where possible but often to higher taxonomic groups where species-level identification was infeasible (e.g. Diptera and Hymenoptera were mostly identified to family level), using a Nikon SMZ1500 microscope at 8-100× magnification. The total number of individuals for each species found in the pitfall traps at a habitat patch was considered as the abundance of that species, while the mean dry weight of each species in milligrams was estimated from length measurements taken for each individual and published length-weight relationships.

Supplemental information

This dataset is a supplement to:

Robinson, S.I., Mikola, J., Ovaskainen, O., & O’Gorman, E.J. (2021). Temperature effects on the temporal dynamics of a subarctic invertebrate community. Journal of Animal Ecology, 90(5), 1217-1227.

Correspondence/contact details

O'Gorman, E.J.
University of Essex


O'Gorman, E.J.
University of Essex
Robinson, S.I.
University of Helsinki

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NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
University of Essex

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota , Environment
biodiversity,  climate change,  global warming,  Hengill,  natural experiment,  seasonal dynamics,  soil,  temporal variability
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
26 July 2021 15:46