REU Research

The content of this website is based on research done by Melissa Mora in 2006. She was participating in an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) for Environmental Fluids: Science, Assessment and Treatment at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Mora's Report:

(1 MB PDF)


Main References

Alger, A.S., D.M. McKnight, S.A. Spaulding, C.M. Tate, G.H. Shupe, K.A. Welch, R. Edwards, E.D. Andrews and H.R. House. 1997. Ecological processes in a cold desert ecosystem: the abundance and species distribution of algal mats in glacial meltwater streams in Taylor Valley, Antarctica. University of Colorado, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Occasional Paper, 51. 108pp.

Becking, J.H. (1978) Environmental role of nitrogen fixing blue-green algae and asymbiotic bacteria. Ecol. Bull. 26, 226-281.

Broady, P.A. (1982), Taxonomy and ecology of algae in a freshwater stream in Taylor Valley, Victoria Land, Antartica, Arch. Hydrobiol.,32, suppl. 63.3, 331-348.

Gerba, Charles P., Maier, Raina M., Pepper, Ian L. (2000) Environmental Microbiology. American Press. USA. 126-127.

Friedmann, E.I. (1993). Antarctic Microbiology. Wiley-Liss, Inc. New York. pp 520, 554-557

Fritz, K. M., and W. K. Dodds (2005), Harshness: Characterization of intermittent stream habitat over space and time, Mar. Freshwater Res., 56, 13– 23.

Howard-Williams, C., Vincent, C.L., Broady, P.A. and Vincent, W.F. (1986) Antactic stream ecosystems: variability in environmental properiues and algal community structure: Internationale Revue der gesamten Hydrobiologie, v. 71 p. 511-544.

Madigan, Michael T., Martinko, John M. (2006) Brock Biology of Microorganisms. 11th ed. Pearson Prentice Hall. New Jersey, USA. pp 394-97.

McKnight D.M. and C.M. Tate. (1997) Canada Stream: a glacial meltwater stream in Taylor Valley, South Victoria Land, Antarctica. Journal of North American Benthological Society. Vol 16, No. 1. 14-17

McKnight, D.M., et al (1998), Longitudinal patterns in algal abundance and species distribution in meltwater streams in Taylor Valley, southern Victoria Land, Antarctica, in Ecosystem Processes in a Polar Desert, Antarct. Res. Ser. Vol 72, edited J Priscu pp. 109-127, AGU, Washington D.C.

R.M.M. Esposito, S.L. Horn, D.M. McKnight, M.J. Cox, M.C. Grant, S.A. Spaulding, P.T. Doran and K.D. Cozzetto. (2006) Antarctic climate cooling and response of diatoms in glacial meltwater streams. Geophysical research letters, Vol 33. American Geophysical Union. pp. 1-4

Vincent, W.F., Downes, M.T., Castenholz, R.W. and Howard-Williams C. (1993) Community structure and pigment organization of cyanobacteria-dominated microbial mats in Antarctica. European Journer of Phycology. p 213-221