Start date:
January 2013
Bratina Island, Miers Mouth, Koettlitz Glacier
Principle Investigator:
Stephen Archer
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Waikato
The goals of this project are to characterise the pond microbiology across the Bratina Island, Miers Mouth, and Koettlitz Glacier study sites using DNA fingerprinting and high throughput sequencing. We will compare the communities within and between sites as well as along the geochemical gradients found within selected ponds in an attempt to identify key geochemical environmental drivers. Additionally we will develop a molecular method to determine microscopic human impact to the environment using off the shelf highly sensitive genetic technologies and attempt to identify the effects unintentional contamination may have on the pond environments.