Honors Projects


The Newall Glacier is located in Antarctica between Mount Newall and Mount Weyant, at approximately 77°30′S, 162°50′E. Having existed for millions of years, and being rarely touched by human populations, glaciers are a major source of information on climate and life in the past. During the past 5 decades, a multi-country team of scientists have collaborated to drill into many of Antarctica’s glaciers and ice fields, removing ice cores for scientific investigation. The ice core section chosen for this project was drilled from the Newall Glacier in 1988 and its depth was from 100.670 to 101.000 m. The purpose of this study was to identify any viable organisms in the ice approximately 100 m below the surface of the Newall Glacier. The results were limited to the identification of a single isolate of a species similar to Conocybe brachypodii.


Biological Sciences



First Advisor

Dr. Scott O. Rogers

First Advisor Department

Biological Sciences

Second Advisor

Dr. Kurt S. Panter

Second Advisor Department


Publication Date

Spring 4-27-2018