McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER News

Congratulations to MCM undergraduate and graduating senior Natasha Griffin, who was recently highlighted by Brigham Young University

Join us as MCM collaborator Eric Sokol presents his work on Metacommunity mediated responses to ecosystem disturbance in the next webinar in the LTER Network Communications Office spring synthesis series.

Diana Wall, MCM LTER PI Emeritus, was recently elected into the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in recognition of h

A new article on GlacierHub highlights research by MCM LTER collaborator, Sarah Fortner, on the geochemistry of meltwater of the Canada Glacier in the Taylor Valley of Antarctica.

Results from a multi-decadal study led by MCM LTER researchers at Colorado State University have discovered changes in soil fauna biodiversity as a result of glacial and permafrost ice melt caused by climate change.

A collaborative research team, led by MCM LTER co-PI Byron Adams and funded by the US National Science Foundation, is investigating the Transantarctic Mountains to better understand how land-based ecosystems have resp

The MCM LTER congratulates co-PI Dr. John C. Priscu, who was recently honored as a Sustaining Fellow by the Association of Limnology and Oceanography in the 2017 class of ASLO Fellows.

McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) Project Statement on Recent Allegations of Harassment by Prominent Antarctic Field Scientist On October 6, 2017, Science reported

A newly published paper by Alia Khan and colleagues compares dissolved black carbon (DBC) concentrations from snow and ice covered ecosystems, including Antarctica.

Dr. Peter Doran's group recently published a study investigating the moat history of Lake Bonney, located in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

Soil ecologist Diana Wall, best known for her outstanding quarter century of ecological research in the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys, was recently named 2017 Eminent Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America.

For years, Diana Wall's research has focused on the functional-trait ecology and diversity of soil microorganisms in order to better understand overall biodiversity.

Priscu and others recently released the 2016 environmental stewardship workshop report.

The fossil fuel signature could serve as an indicator of anthropogenic influences in Antarctic environments, which may continue to expand in the future Alia Khan and other researchers with the Dry Valleys LTER, argue

Eric Sokol's metacommunity synthesis project titled  "A synthesis to identify how metacommunity dynamics mediate community responses to disturbance across the ecosystems represented in the LTER network" was funded by LTER. The project includes ten participants

There is not much left to say.  We are wrapping up another successful field/lab season.  The sun is getting lower in the sky, sea ice is on the move and ships have been visiting McMurdo.  Last weekend we had a Chinese icebreaker here and now a British Navy ship is right off shore. 

Overview- We had a good week in McMurdo.  The resupply ship headed north with our vessel cargo and the fuel tanker came in and is still here now.  Planned redeployments were delayed mid-week because the vessel cargo personnel were top priority for northbound flights.  There was also a bit of bad weather mid-week with high winds that interfered with Herc and Helo operations.

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