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Poage Completes Sixth Field Season in Antarctica

Dr. Michael Poage taking a break from fieldwork on a sunny day in the Dry Valleys Region of Antarctica

Dr. Michael Poage, of the Department of Geoscience, recently returned from his sixth field season in Antarctica conducting research on soils in the Dry Valleys region.

Dr. Poage has worked in Antarctica with the McMurdo-Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program since 2003, collaborating with faculty from Dartmouth College and Virginia Tech. His work is broadly focused on geochemistry and nutrient availability in soils of the Dry Valleys.

At right: Dr. Michael Poage taking a break from fieldwork on a sunny day in the Dry Valleys Region of Antarctica

This season focused specifically on understanding the spatial distribution of soil phosphorous and the delivery and availability of phosphorus to the soil, stream, and lake ecosystems.

He is currently on sabbatical at Dartmouth, working with Dr. Ross Virginia and Ph.D. candidate Jennifer Bailard analyzing samples collected during their six-week trip.

Below: Remote field camp in the Dry Valleys Region of Antarctica

Remote field camp in the Dry Valleys Region of Antarctica
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