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Taylor Valley, Wright Valley
Principle Investigator:
Dr. Diana Wall
Colorado State University
The McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) projects will continue to investigate the McMurdo Dry Valleys as an end-member ecosystem and focus on the relative roles of legacy and extant processes on current biodiversity and ecosystem structure and function. This project continues a long-term study of the impact of climate and other global changes on the abundance, distribution, and diversity of soil biota in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Researchers maintain, monitor, and sample soils in various longterm experimental plots throughout Taylor Valley, in collaboration with the B-423-M research group. These experiments reveal relationships between biodiversity and Dry Valley carbon, nitrogen, and hydrologic cycles