Poster Presentation at the Capital on Carbon Sequestration Research


Selected through a National Competition sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research, research results on Carbon and Nitrogen Sequestration following Afforestation of Agricultural Soils was presented at a poster session in the Rayburn Office Building. At the Capital event April 19, Bradley University (Peoria, Illinois) undergraduate student, Nathan Mellor, and Professor Sherri Morris, discussed results on interactive effects of forest species, soil chemistry and overall ecosystem processes on soil carbon storage as forests are grown on formerly agricultural soils. An isotope tracer study also determined carbon mineralization rates of different forest systems. The project is providing effective training of young scientists while producing sound scientific information on carbon sequestration by terrestrial ecosystems.