2016-2017 Science Planning Summaries
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2016-2017 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:
Jenny Cunningham / Elizabeth Kauffman

Principal Investigator

Dr. Michael N Gooseff

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

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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 primary activities will be long term stream monitoring and biological surveying conducted in the Dry Valleys from November to February. The team will be the primary occupants of the F6 field camp but will also work from other camps in the Dry Valleys. This project will collaborate with other McMurdo LTER groups, especially the soils (C-507-M, Wall) and biogeochemistry teams (C-509-M, McKnight). One participant conduct nutrient uptake experiments on six streams within the Taylor Valley.

Deploying Team Members

  • Joel Singley
  • Eric Sokol (Team Leader)
  • Christa Torrens