2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

McMurdo LTER – Streams/Geochemistry: Ecosystem response to amplified landscape connectivity in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

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Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1637708

Program Manager:
Dr. Jennifer Burns

ASC POC/Implementer:
Jenny Cunningham / Elizabeth Kauffman / Jennifer Blum

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: McMurdo Dry Valleys


Initially funded in 1980, the U.S. LTER network is a collaborative effort of more than 1,800 scientists and students. The McMurdo LTER program is a multi-disciplinary aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems study in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. It is one of 26 LTER sites where researchers study 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 (Adams), C-508-M (Takacs-Vesbach), C-509-M (Gooseff), and C-511-M (Doran).

Field Season Overview

Three participants will deploy between 1 November and 15 February. The “stream team” will stay at F6 fixed camp and work out of Lake Hoare fixed camp for two days per week. Field work will be conducted in Wright, Taylor, and Miers Valleys. The group will use laboratory facilities at F6 and Lake Hoare camps, and will also conduct analyses in Crary Laboratory. Field sites will be accessed on foot and by helicopter day trips.

Deploying Team Members

  • Joshua Darling
  • Joel Singley
  • Kathy Welch (Team Leader)