Antarctica NZ Event

Antratica New Zealand

New Zealand Government

Microbial biodiversity in land-fast sea-ice in the
Ross Sea

Changing patterns of microbial diversity along a latitudinal gradient in the Ross Sea are sensitive indicators of climate change. The research will generate a bio-inventory of the micro-organisms in sea ice using both conventional methods and molecular technology, and will quantify abundances to generate community fingerprints for sea ice biodiversity. Each fingerprint will summarise the biodiversity at one of three sites along the coast of the Ross Sea that will allow temporal and geographical comparisons.



Victoria University of Wellington

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Dr Ken Ryan

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IPY Project Number: 137

This project contributes to EBA-IPY. For more information about EBA (Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic) go to the EBA website.