School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, PhD
Productivity on an extreme environment: the role of bacteria in Antarctic sea ice
This research aims to provide a taxonomic assessment of sea ice bacteria and address bacterial response to climate-induced stress. State of the art techniques in flow cytometry, PCR amplification and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) will play an integral part in this process. There has been very little research into the bacterial component of se ice, yet their contribution to productivity in ice-covered regions is significant. To our knowledge there has been no attempt to describe changes in bacterial biodiversity associated with location, or to quantify total productivity in the sea ice community.