LRES Seminar Series
- Monday, September 20, 2021 from 1:10pm to 2:00am
Title: Survival and distribution of tiny plants and animals (protists) in Antarctic lakes: a mashup of lab- and field-based science
Rachael M. Morgan-Kiss, O’Toole Family Professor, Miami University, OH
Permanently ice-covered lakes located in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, are an oasis for extremophilic microbes and a gold mine for microbial ecologists. Single-celled plants and animals (ie. protists) play outsized roles as the primary producers and top predators in truncated food webs in an aquatic habitat too harsh for high life forms. This talk will highligh on our work on: i) the diversity and function of MDV photosynthetic, predatory and mixotrophic protists over temporal and spatial scales, ii) how MDV protists are responding to climate change, and iii) their contributions to understanding adaptation to permanent environmental stress.
Location: Leon Johnson 346 or virtually at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86899044885?pwd=bFRqL2o0Z3RwWUhEUDdyZ2djampLZz09
- Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences