Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Dry Valleys / Lakes Bonney and Fryxell
The overall objectives of this project are to understand the metabolic versatility of single-celled eukaryotic microbial (protist) species residing in McMurdo Dry Valley (MDV) lakes and link protist trophic strategy with specific abiotic drivers (eg: temperature, light, nutrients). Specific objectives for this field season are: (1) Generate depth profiles of autotrophic and heterotrophic activity across select MDV lakes; (2) Identify taxonomic affiliation of mixotrophic protists at depths of mixed trophic activity; (3) Cultivate new photoautotrophic and mixotrophic protists from MDV lakes.
Field Season Overview:
Three participants will collect lake samples from Lakes Bonney (east and west lobes), Fryxell and Vanda at various depths through the water column during the summer season. They will be based at Lakes Bonney and Fryxell established camps and use labs there for sample processing. While at Lake Bonney, researchers will make one day trip to Lake Vanda to collect lake water. Helicopters will provide support for put-in, take-out, camp moves and returning samples to McMurdo.
Deploying Team Members:
Rachael Morgan-Kiss (PI)