Honors Presents: The Hidden World Beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet
- Monday, August 31, 2020 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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John Priscu is a Regents Professor of Ecology and co-director of the Subzero Research Facility at Montana State University, Bozeman. He has spent 36 field seasons in Antarctica conducting research on life under ice-shelves, the Southern Ocean, sea ice, permanently ice-covered lakes, life beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, and chaired the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research international subglacial group of experts. Professor Priscu has been a principal investigator on the NSF-funded McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research Project since 1993 where his research focuses on biogeochemistry of the permanently ice-covered lakes in the Transantarctic Mountains. He was lead author of the first manuscripts to describe life in Antarctic lake ice and life in Subglacial Lake Vostok, which lies beneath 2 miles of ice. He has also contributed to many other seminal papers on the geomicrobiology of solid ice and subglacial environments. Professor Priscu was on the Executive Committee of the US West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide ice core project that collected ice cores that date back to the last glacial maximum for climate reconstruction and was Chief Scientist of the WISSARD expedition that retrieved the first samples from beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet proving that functional subglacial ecosystems exist.
Dr. John Priscu will present the history of exploration beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet and preview expeditions that drilled through 3,600 feet of ice to enter a lake beneath the Ice Sheet.
- Honors Presents Lecture Series