About Palmer Station
The Palmer LTER, established in the Fall of 1990, is one of the National Science Foundation sponsored Long Term Ecological Research Programs which is funded by the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation. It focuses on the pelagic marine ecosystem in the Antarctic, and the ecological processes which link the extent of annual pack ice to the biological dynamics of different trophic levels. Pack ice may be a major physical factor affecting the structure and function of polar biota. Interannual cycles and/or trends in the annual extent of pack ice are hypothesized to impact all levels of the food web, from total annual primary production to breeding success in seabirds.