We invite you to submit your abstract to:
B083: The Role of Microbes in Terrestrial Biogeochemical Cycles: Linking Responses to Ecosystem Processes and Environmental Change
Early deadline July 25th / final deadline August 1st.
Microbes play critical roles regulating terrestrial biogeochemical cycles. Linking processes controlling nutrient transformation and storage with disturbance responses and feedbacks to climate change is a global research priority. Studies that integrate biogeochemical approaches focused on nutrient pools and fluxes with microbial ecology approaches examining community physiology, traits, and structure reveal the complexity of interactions influencing ecosystem responses. How do individual microbial traits influence community stability and response to disturbances? How does microbial community structure change across gradients and influence vegetation dynamics? How can we use this information to predict large-scale fluctuations in soil carbon and nutrient storage? Although advances in molecular and genetic tools are improving our understanding of how microbial processes influence ecosystems, questions surrounding the level of detail appropriate to best predict environmental response to change remain. We invite cross-disciplinary studies that investigate microbial-driven responses along environmental gradients, to disturbance, and/or in the context of climate change.
Congratulations to Chance Muscarella and Clarisa Avalos who presented their research at this year's SWESx poster session.
Congratulations to Sudan Kariuki who will officially be joining Jed Sparks' lab in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at Cornell University in Fall 2018!! Her background in the Gallery lab will serve her well as she seeks to continue studying plant-soil ecological feedbacks in human dominated ecosystems.
I began working at the Southwest Climate Science Center at the University of Arizona as a Communications Graduate Assistant. My primary responsibilities include managing the Climate Science Center's social media accounts and drafting updates for the website. I am excited to continue learning about how science communication is applied in governmental agencies.
The 2017 annual RISE symposium brought together land managers, rangeland ecologists, technicians, and students.
Giving a talk on my interdisciplinary research and exploring nature in Atlanta, Georgia was a rewarding experience.
After extensive planning, Sudan and Emma collected field data at campsites at the Santa Rita Experimental Range.
After working tirelessly to draft the experimental design for her thesis, Sudan presented a poster on proposed research at the Soil Ecology Society meeting. This was a fantastic opportunity to network with soil scientists, policy makers, industry professionals, and non profit representatives about the importance of soil health.
Here, she communicated her research findings to the public as part of the University of Arizona Carson Scholars Science Communication program.
Noelle had the opportunity to present the preliminary findings of her warming experiment at the International Symposium on Microbial Ecology in August 2016.