Changes in biodiversity (the numbers, types and amount of terrestrial lichens and mosses) are expected to be one signal for environmental change. Better collection techniques, better identification (assisted by molecular methods) and the use of internationally recognised experts to carry out the surveys and collection are used to improve our knowledge of the biodiversity within the Ross Sea region. Areas surveyed include: Helm Point, Redcastle Ridge, Robers Cliff and Salmon Cliff. Lists of the lichen and mosses found were created.
All data is held by the investigators. Please contact for more information.
The plant collections (~30,000 mosses, liverwort and lichens collected by Professor Rod Seppelt from Antarctica and sub-Antarctic Islands) are housed in the Australian Antarctic Division herbarium. This herbarium is being formerly transferred to the Tasmanian Herbarium. As specimens are fully incorporated ... into the herbarium (ADT) the data is automatically sent to and held in the Antarctic Database at the Australian Antarctic Division Data Centre. The data is currently in two separate databases, one which searchable and the other is in the process of being moved over.
For more information or access to samples, please contact:
Professor Rod Seppelt Principal Research Scientist Australian Antarctic Division Channel highway Kingston 7050 Tasmania, Australia ph: +61 (03) 6232 3438 fax: +61 (03) 6232 3449 e-mail: email@example.com