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Polar Microbial Ecologist Named an AAAS Fellow

NSF-funded microbial ecologist John Priscu of the University of Montana was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his pioneering contributions to the understanding of life in extreme environments, especially the study of life in ice and in ice-covered polar lakes in Antarctica. The work has been partly supported through NSF's Long-term Ecological Research program. The research explores the frontier of existence in extreme environments, thereby shedding light on the limits of life and unique adaptations that allow organisms to survive and thrive in difficult circumstances. His discoveries in Antarctic Lakes have changed scientific concepts of how life can exists in extremely cold environments with months-long periods of darkness and light.


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An iceberg floats off the coast of Antarctica.
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