About the Group

The Priscu Research group at Montana State University focuses on understanding the biogeochemistry and microbiology of icy environments. Led by Dr. John Priscu, the group conducts NSF and NASA funded research in both Antarctica and the Arctic, and is a part of the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) Program in Antarctica. Current areas of research include:

  1. long term ecological studies of Antarctic lakes,
  2. methane dynamics in Arctic lakes as an analogue for life on other icy worlds,
  3. exploration and geomicrobiology of Antarctic subglacial lakes, and
  4. microbiology, geochemistry and paleoclimate history of polar and temperate ice cores.

The Group is also actively involved in outreach and education. Visit one of the links to the right for details on our currently funded projects.

Current Funded Research Projects

Increased Connectivity in a Polar Desert Resulting from Climate Warming. 2011-2017Funded by National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.


(Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling). 2009-2013. Funded by National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.


West Antarctic Ice Sheet(WAIS)Divide ice core. 2009-2012.Funded by National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

Astrobiology of Icy World

Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability. 2008-2012. Funded by NASA Astrobiology Institute.