2015-2016 Science Planning Summaries
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2015-2016 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

McMurdo LTER - Streams: Increased connectivity in a polar desert resulting from climate warming: McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER Program

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Program Manager:
Dr. Paul Cutler

ASC POC/Implementer:
Sune Tamm / Elizabeth Kauffman

Principal Investigator

Dr. Michael N Gooseff

University of Colorado Boulder
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
Boulder, Colorado

Project Web Site:
http://www.mcmlter.org/ External Web Site


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: F6 / Garwood and Wright Valleys / Lakes Bonney, Fryxell, Hoare, and Miers


Initially funded in 1980, the U.S. Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network is a collaborative effort involving more than 1,800 scientists and students. The McMurdo LTER program is an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys. It is one of 26 LTER sites where researchers are studying ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales. Streams component researchers will continue to operate a network of 16 stream-flow gauges, collect water quality samples from 30 streams, and make hydrologic measurements. This six-year award cycle comprises seven collaborative projects: C-504-M (Gooseff), C-505-M (Priscu), C-506-M (Gooseff), C-507-M (Wall), C-508-M (Barrett), C-509-M (Lyons), and C-511-M (Doran).

Field Season Overview

The operational support needed for this season will be similar to past seasons with the addition of establishing a new stream gage in Garwood Valley. Our primary activities will be long term stream monitoring and biological surveying conducted in the Dry Valleys. Our work from November to February will involve collaboration with other events in the MCMLTER project, especially the soils and biogeochemistry teams, and with several ASC units providing logistical support from Environmental, BFC, MACOPS, as well as helicopter support. We will spend the majority of the season at the Dry Valley field camps. We will be the primary occupants of the F6 field camp.

Additionally, Christa Torrens will be doing nutrient uptake experiments on six streams within Taylor Valley.

Deploying Team Members

  • Michael Gooseff (PI)
  • Chris Jaros
  • Michael Johnson
  • Diane McKnight (Co-PI)
  • Aneliya Sakaeva
  • Zachary Sudman
  • Christa Torrens
  • Adam Wlostowski