Endless Winter - Field expedition during the International Polar Year, July - September 2008

Seven of us are deploying in July for our field season which will be operated out of Palmer Station, on the Antarctic Peninsula. The basic plan is to interrogate the wintertime bacterioplankton assemblage to understand them better – as few studies have been conducted on the plankton in winter and we want to see if they are the same organisms as the summer time ones just in some form of hibernation, or if they are adapted to the long dark days of winter in which there is little organic carbon to support growth. We are planning on doing the following: