Montana State University

Priscu Research Group

Department of Land Resources
and Environmental Sciences

334 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717

Tel: (406) 994-3250
Fax: (406) 994-5863

Past Funded Research Projects

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

MCM III -- The Role of Resource Legacy on Contemporary Linkages Between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes in a Cold Desert Ecosystem: The McMurdo Dry Valley LTER Program.  2005-2011. Funded by National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

International Polar Year 2007-2008: Polar Night Project. Funded by National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

ENDURANCE (Environmentally Non-Disturbing Under-ice Robotic ANtarctic Explorer). 2008. Funded by NASA, Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring Planets Program.

MSU SubZero Science and Engineering Research Facility. 2006-2008. Funded by the Murdock Charitable Trust.

MSU SubZero Science and Engineering Research Facility. 2006-2008. Funded by the National Science Foundation - Major Research Instrumentation program.

Paleorecords of biotic and abiotic particles in polar ice cores.  2005-2008. Funded by National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

Nuclear-Magnetic Resonance and Electrical Measurements of Unfrozen Water in Mars-Analog Materials: Implications for Habitability at Subfreezing Temperatures on Mars. 2005-2007. Funded by NASA, Exobiology Program.

The McMurdo Dry Valley Lakes Microbial Observatory - Microbial Diversity and Function in the Permanently Ice-Covered Lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. 2003-2007. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Division of Molecular and Cell Biology.

Laboratory Experiments and Mathematical Modeling of a Hydrocarbon Spill on the ice cover of Lake Fryxell, Antarctica.  2004-2005 season plus one year no-cost extension. Supplemental SGER to MCM LTER II.

MCM II--The Role of Natural Legacy on Ecosystem Function and Structure in  a Polar Desert: The McMurdo Dry Valley LTER. 1999-2005.  Funded by National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

Geomicrobiology of Vostok Ice: Implications for Life in Lake Vostok. 2001-2004. Funded by National Science Foundation, Life in Extreme Environments (LExEN).

The Biogeochemistry of Dimethylsulfide (DMS) and Related compounds in a Chemically Stratified Antarctic Lake. 1999-2002.  Funded by National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

Microbial Life within the Extreme Environment Posed by Permanent Antarctic Lake Ice. 1998-2001.  Funded by National Science Foundation, Life in Extreme Environments (LExEN).

Teachers Experiencing Antarctica (Elissa Elliot): Microbial Life with the Extreme Environment Posed by Permanent Antarctic Lake Ice. 1998. Funded by National Science Foundation, TEA.

Teachers Experiencing Antarctica (Valerie Sloan): The Biogeochemistry of Dimethylsulfide (DMS) and Related compounds in a Chemically Stratified Antarctic Lake. 1999. Funded by National Science Foundation, TEA.

MCM I--McMurdo Dry Valleys: A Cold Desert Ecosystem. 1993-1999.  Funded by National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

National Science Foundation Research for Undergraduate Education (RUE) supplemental award to Biogeochemistry of DMS and related sulfur compounds in a Chemically Stratified Antarctic Lake. 1999.

Bacterial Dynamics Under Antarctic Lake Ice. 1996-1999.  Funded by Montana Space Grant Consortium Graduate Student Award (Christina Takacs).

National Science Foundation Research for Undergraduate (RUE) supplemental award to Antarctic Dry Valleys: A Cold Desert Ecosystem. 1997.

National Science Foundation Research for Undergraduate Education (RUE) supplemental award to Antarctic Lake Ice Microbial Consortia: Origin, Distribution, and Growth Physiology, 1997.

Antarctic Lake Ice Microbial Consortia: Origin, Distribution, and Growth Physiology. 1995-1998. National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

National Science Foundation Research for Undergraduate Education (RUE) supplemental award to Biogeochemistry of Nitrogen in a Highly Stratified, Permanently Ice-Covered Antarctic Lake. 1993.

National Science Foundation Research Education for Undergraduate Education (RUE) supplemental award to Antarctic Dry Valleys: A Cold Desert Ecosystem, 1993.

Biogeochemistry of Nitrogen in a Highly Stratified, Permanently Ice-Covered Antarctic Lake. 1992-1995. National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

Nuisance Algal Blooms in the Colstrip Surge Pond: Causes and Consequences, 1992-1993. Funded by Montana Power Company.

Photoadaptation by Phytoplankton in Permanently Ice-Covered Antarctic Lakes: Response to a Non-Turbulent Environment. 1989-1992. Funded by National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

Impact of Sewage Effluent and Survival of Pathogenic Organisms in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. 1991-1992. Funded by National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

Influence of Phosphorus and Other Environmental Parameters on Toxin Production by the Blue-Green Alga Anabaena flos-aquae. 1991. Funded by the Soap and Detergent Association and Procter and Gamble.

The Effects of Nutrient Enrichment on Benthic Algae and Young-of-the-Year Salmonid Production in the Clark Fork River. 1991. Funded by the Soap and Detergent Association and Stone Container Company.

Nutrient Dynamics and Attached Algal Growth in a Large River, 1990. Funded by The Soap and Detergent Association, Procter and Gamble and Stone Container Company.

Persistence, Distribution and Environmental Impact of Enteric Bacteria in Antarctic Seawater. 1990. Funded by National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

Quantitative Estimation of the Effects of Operation of Libby and Hungary Horse Dams on the Reservoirs Fisheries. 1988-1989. Funded by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Factors Regulating Nuisance and Potentially Toxic Blue-Green Algal Blooms in a Through-Flow Ecosystem. 1986. Funded by Montana State Water Resources Research Center.

Response of Aquatic Nitrogen Cycling and Plankton Productivity to Acidification. 1985-1988. College of Graduate Studies, Montana State University, Faculty Creativity Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Regulation of Nitrogen Fixation by Organic Matter in Aquatic Ecosystems. 1987-1990. Funded by Procter and Gamble.

A Laboratory and Field Study of the Interaction of Microalgae and Bacteria in Aquatic Biofilms. 1985-1986.  National Science Foundation, Ecology Program.