Welcome to the Bratina Island Ponds project

The Bratina Island Ponds project has two major projects: Firstly, the investigation of the microbial community structure and geochemical drivers within and between meltwater ponds. Secondly, to use molecular techniques and artificial systems to identify the past and future impacts humans have had/are having to the Antarctic environment and to model potential biological changes that will be caused by global warming. Additionally we hope to examine the metabolic functioning and adaptations that allow microbial communities to thrive under these extreme conditions.

Mission Personnel Technology Environment


Find out about the mission: bacterioplankton communities in the melt-water ponds


Meet the Bratina Island scientists who have been working in the field.


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


From Scott Base, to the ponds of Bratina Island, find out about the extreme environments of Antarctica.

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