The McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project is an interdisciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in a cold desert region of Antarctica. LTER projects are funded to advance our understanding of ecosystem processes and responses to natural and anthropogenic disturbances over timescales longer than a typical research grant (6 year funding cycle vs. 3 year funding cycle). The MCM LTER is in it’s 5th continuous grant cycle (through 2023). Read more on the MCM LTER Project.
The McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER project is an interdisciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in a cold desert region of Antarctica.
The McMurdo IV research circle Hypothesis
These are the McMurdo LTER Valleys Areas of Research
- Soil Ecology
- Environmental History
- Molecular Biodiversity
- Ecosystem Modeling
- LTER Environmental Stewardship
Download our MCM LTER Site Brochure
Review here our last 20 years MCM LTER NSF Proposals:
One aspect of the long-term funding cycle for LTER sites is that a site review is conducted half-way through the grant period. The MCM-IV site review was held in January 2013, and we made a website dedicated to this review with documents and summaries required for the review