Welcome to the Dry Valley Invertebrates project

The Dry Valleys, though appearing barren and lifeless, are home to a wide array of life. The largest invertebrates, and indeed, the largest year round terrestrial organism on the Antarctic mainland, are the springtails. This project studies springtails, along with mites, nematodes and tardigrades, to investigate the genetic diversity of invertebrate life in Antarctica. Populations of animals like springtails are rare, and careful searching and sampling is required to find them

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Mission

The Invertebrate Project focuses on the genetic diversity of invertebrate life in the Antarctic Dry Valleys

Personnel

Meet the Invertebrate scientists

Technology

Find out about the special technology required when working in the extreme environments of Antarctica

Environment

From Scott Base, to the Dry Valleys, find out about the extreme environments of Antarctica.

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Gallery

Gallery

View amazing images of springtails and from the field.

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