Start date:
January 2014
End date:
January 2014
Mackay Glacier
Principle Investigator:
Professor Ian Hogg
University of Waikato
Transitions naturally occur between one ecosystem type and another such as along shorelines of oceans, or at forest edges. These transitions are called ‘ecotones’ and are ideal for studying the physical, chemical and biological responses to climate changes. This project will focus on assessing the Mackay Glacier ecotone which sits between two biogeographic regions at the northern edge of the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Here we will examine the distribution and genetic variability among populations for a range of invertebrates. Using this information we can enhance our capacity to detect subtle biotic responses resulting from climate changes.