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Honorable Mention, 2011

Study Site

Hilary Dugan, Earth and Environmental Sciences

My research at UIC focuses on physical limnology and hydrology in cold environments. The photo attached documents a reconnaissance flight to choose our study site at Lake Vida in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. In the photo is UIC professor Peter Doran beneath a United States Antarctic Program B-212 helicopter which is delivering our drill tent for the season. Our work at Lake Vida focuses on the geochemistry, microbiology, and hydrology of Lake Vida, which has at surface ice cover of at least 27 m. The research team has already shown that even in that frozen environment life exists! Over the next few months, the research team will be busy analyzing ice cores, brine samples, and recovered sediment to further understand the formation and continuation of life in Lake Vida.