Ph.D. 1982, University of California, Davis; M.S. 1978, B.S. 1975, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Microbial biogeochemistry in aquatic systems emphasizing the roles of nitrogen and phosphorus in microbial growth. Life associated with Antarctic ice and its relationship to global change and astrobiology.

Recent Publications

  • Christner, B.C., J.C. Priscu, A.M. Achberger, C. Barbante, S.P. Carter, K. Christianson, A.B. Michaud, J.A. Mikucki, A.C. Mitchell, M.L. Skidmore, T.J. Vick-Majors, & the WISSARD Science Team. 2014. Ecosystems beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Nature. 512:310-313.
  • Liu, Yongqin, John C. Priscu, Tandong Yao, Trista J. Vick-Majors, Alexander B. Michaud, Nianzhi Jiao, Juzhi Hou, Lide Tian, Anyi Hu, Zhong-Qiang Chen. 2014. A comparison of pelagic, littoral, and riverine bacterial assemblages in Lake Bangongco, Tibetan Plateau. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 89:211-221.
  • Obryk, M.K., P.T. Doran, and J.C. Priscu. 2014. The permanent ice-cover of Lake Bonney, Antarctica: The influence of thickness and sediment distribution on photosynthetically available radiation and chlorophyll-a distribution in the underlying water column. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences. 119, doi:10.1002/2014JG002672.
  • Priscu, J.C., J. Laybourn-Parry and M. Haggblom. 2014. Polar and alpine microbiology in a changing world. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 89:209-210.
  • Vick-Majors, T.J., J.C. Priscu, L. Amaral-Zettler. 2014. Modular community structure suggests metabolic plasticity during the transition to polar night in ice-covered Antarctic lakes. The ISME Journal (2014) 8: 778-789; doi:10.1038/ismej.2013.190.
  • Tulaczyk, S., J.A. Mikucki, M.R. Siegfried, J.C. Priscu, C.G. Barcheck, L.H. Beem, A. Behar, J. Burnett, B.C. Christner, A.T. Fisher, H.A. Fricker, K.D. Mankoff, R.D. Powell, F. Rack, D. Sampson, R.P. Scherer, S.Y. Schwartz and The WISSARD Science Team. 2014. WISSARD at Subglacial Lake Whillans, West Antarctica: scientific operations and initial observations. Annals of Glaciology, 55(65):1-8. doi: 10.3189/2014AoG65A009.
  • Priscu, J.C.,  A. M. Achberger, J. E. Cahoon, B.C. Christner, R. L. Edwards, W.L. Jones, A.B. Michaud, M.R. Siegfried, M.L. Skidmore, R.H. Spigel G.W. Switzer, S. Tulaczyk, T.J. Vick-Majors. 2013. A microbiologically clean strategy for access to the Whillans Ice Stream subglacial environment. Antarctic Science.  Doi:10.1017S0954102013000025.

Recent Grants

  • Increased Connectivity in a Polar Desert Resulting from Climate Warming: The McMurdo Dry Valley LTER Program. National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs. 2011-2017.
  • Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability. NASA Astrobiology Institute. 2008-2014.
  • WISSARD (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling). National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs. 2009-2013.

Current Instructional Responsibilities

  • BIOL 102 - Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • BIOL 502 - Energetics in Aquatic Ecosystems