Research Overview

Wormherder creek is an ephemeral stream that occurs only during high flow. Located near Lake Bonney in Taylor Valley, in most years this hillside is bone-dry, making it an ideal site to investigate the long-term effects of extreme pulse/press events. The insert (left) shows an experiment that was flooded during the high flow of 2001-02 and 2008-09.

Beginning the 2010-2011 season, we have installed a telemetry network that utilizes the Iridium satellite network and radios to connect 14 meteorological stations, 8 stream gages, and five lake monitoring stations to transfer data year round.

With the application of molecular biology techniques to investigate MDV biodiversity, a surprising level of bacterial (Cary et al. 2010, Takacs-Vesbach et al. 2010; Van Horn et al. 2013) and protist (Bielewicz et al. 2011; Xu et al. in review) richness has been revealed Although bacteria comprise a significant proportion of MDV biomass (Takacs and Priscu 1999; Foreman et al. 2007; Stanish et al.

STEM Outreach: Through a partnership with CU’s 'Learn More About Climate' program, Ph. D. student Alex Mass has been engaging students in the Denver/Boulder area and beyond through their interest in Antarctica to promote learning in STEM fields. Alex held a Chancellor’s Fellowship for Excellence in STEM Education

One of the most ambitious expansions of MCM4 is the establishment of monitoring stations beyond Taylor and Wright Valleys, into Miers and Garwood Valleys. The addition of these two unique valley systems is a perfect, natural complement to investigating the role that topological variation plays in biogeochemical processes (H3), and provides insight into the potential future conditions in Taylor Valley.

Ernest Shackleton’s Hut at Cape Royds is among the most famous historic sites on the Antarctic Continent. Recent years have seen Shackleton’s stature grow as the Antarctic explorer who led by example and “never lost a man,” largely at the expense of the reputation of Captain Scott who is often seen as having been somewhat aloof and distant from his men.

Pages