>Does anyone know anyone or group that could assist me in obtaining specimens of
>and Colobanthus quitensis from Antarctica?
I'm not a botanist, only network monitoring, and I'm hopefully headed
down this fall. We (Ames) have several programs which are based down there.
I was just playing with our submarine ROV Friday evening.
Subject to the rules for specimen collection as found in the US Antarctic
Program Personnel Manual (1992/1993), pages 26-29 and Appendix 3, sure.
Appendix 3 notes: for zoological, you should ask them for botanical:
The Smithsonian Institution maintains oceanic natural history
specimen collected by participants in the US Antarctic Program over the
last 2 decades For information regarding availability
Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology
National Museum of Natural History
Washington, DC 20560
This might be faster if they can point you to botanical sources.
Independent of that Ames has problems in McMurdo, the Taylor Valley, and
S. Pole Station. I am working on glaciology, but that is NSF/Caltech not NASA.
Here, you need to talk to the life science/Mars Program people.