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Research Article

At Limits of Life: Multidisciplinary Insights Reveal Environmental Constraints on Biotic Diversity in Continental Antarctica

  • Catarina Magalhães mail,

    cmag@icbas.up.pt

    Affiliation: Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto, Portugal, Rua dos Bragas, Porto, Portugal

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  • Mark I. Stevens,

    Affiliation: South Australian Museum, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia

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  • S. Craig Cary,

    Affiliations: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware, Lewes, Delaware, United States of America

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  • Becky A. Ball,

    Affiliation: Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University at the West Campus, Glendale, Arizona, United States of America

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  • Bryan C. Storey,

    Affiliation: Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

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  • Diana H. Wall,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology and Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Roman Türk,

    Affiliation: Department of Organismic Biology, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr, Salzburg, Austria

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  • Ulrike Ruprecht

    Affiliation: Department of Organismic Biology, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr, Salzburg, Austria

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  • Published: September 19, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044578

About the Authors

Catarina Magalhães
Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto, Portugal, Rua dos Bragas, Porto, Portugal
Mark I. Stevens
South Australian Museum, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia
S. Craig Cary
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Becky A. Ball
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University at the West Campus, Glendale, Arizona, United States of America
Bryan C. Storey
Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Diana H. Wall
Department of Biology and Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, United States of America
Roman Türk, Ulrike Ruprecht
Department of Organismic Biology, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr, Salzburg, Austria
S. Craig Cary
College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware, Lewes, Delaware, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: cmag@icbas.up.pt

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CM MIS SCC BCS. Performed the experiments: CM MIS SCC BAB BCS DHW RT UR. Analyzed the data: CM BAB UR. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MIS SCC BCS BAB DHW RT. Wrote the paper: CM MIS SCC BCS.