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Taylor Valley, Wright Valley
Principle Investigator:
Dr. Ross Virginia
Dartmouth College
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 samples and maintains core LTER soil experiments, in conjunction with the B-424-M group, that measure the response of soil biota to substrate additions and climate change. Researchers will study relationships between soil biodiversity and ecosystem function by measuring in-situ carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and phosphorus flux through a combination of gas-flux, buried-bag, and resin-exchange-membrane techniques.