Aliah Khan, a PhD student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, is blogging for The New York Times under their “Scientist at Work” section. Check out her blog “Exploring the Dry Valleys, Then and Now,” which she writes from the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica.
Aliah is with the LTER (Long-Term Ecological Research) Program, an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in an ice-free region of Antarctica. McMurdo Dry Valleys joined the National Science Foundation’s LTER Network in 1993 and is funded through the NSF Office of Polar Programs.
Dartmouth IGERT PI Ross Virginia is a co-PI on the MCM LTER Program. Since 1989, he has studied how climate and soil factors influence the establishment, distribution and function of soil biota.