All samples (including those collected on February 6) will be sent back to the US for a lab temperature experiment. Based on our field warming experiment (with the open-top chambers), we know that soil microbial activity is affected by warming. The lab experiment can help address who is responding the most (or least) to warming! We use a method called quantitative stable isotope probing (or qSIP for short), whereby we can assess how fast (or slow) microbes grow based on how heavy their DNA gets.
Thank you Keri and Doc Joe for helping Soil Team 6 (Sara and I) collect samples for a cool (haha, pun intended) lab experiment.
Growing up watching nature documentaries, I find myself now immersed in nature's splendor. As an ecologist I study how ecosystems function. Here I share with you my love of doing research in Antarctica - a place of sheer beauty