Site: McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER

Credit: Amy Chiuchiolo / MCM LTER

Soil invertebrate communities in long term monitoring plots are responding to long term and seasonal changes in temperature and water availability, with key taxa exhibiting distinct responses. These changes are favoring rarer hydrophilic taxa, while the dominant species, an endemic free-living nematode which prefers cold dry soils, is declining in monitoring and experimentally manipulated plots.