Start date:
December 2015
End date:
January 2016
Beacon Valley, Bonney Riegel, Bull Pass, Canada Glacier (ASPA 131), F6, Garwood Valley, Lake Bonney, Lake Fryxell, Lake Hoare, Lake Joyce, Marshall Valley, Miers Valley, Olympus Range, Taylor Valley, Wright Valley
Principle Investigator:
Dr. Diana Wall
Colorado State University
Initially funded in 1980, the US Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network is a collaborative effort involving more than 1,800 scientists and students. The McMurdo LTER program is an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys. It is one of 26 LTER sites where researchers are studying ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales. Researchers maintain (through application of water and nutrients), monitor (soil moisture and temperature), and sample (soils) in their long-term experimental plots near Lakes Fryxell, Hoare, and Bonney. The project aims to determine the impacts of natural factors and those associated with potential climate change on the abundance, distribution, and diversity of soil biota. This six-year award cycle comprises seven collaborative projects: Michael Gooseff C-504, John Priscu C-505, Diane McKnight C-506, Diana Wall C-507, Jeb Barrett, C-508, Berry Lyons C-509, and Peter Doran C-511.