Prof. Susan Trumbore receives 2019 BES Marsh Award for Climate Change Research

30. August 2019
Prof. Susan Trumbore, director at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany, receives one of the Marsh Awards of the British Ecological Society (BES). The annual awards recognize distinguished ecologists whose work has benefited the scientific community and society in general.

In the category Climate Change Research international scientists are honored who contribute an outstanding body of research which is making a significant and demonstrable impact on the understanding of how climate change influences ecological systems or processes.

“I am very honoured to receive this award, particularly when I look at the list of people who have won it” says Prof. Susan Trumbore.

Susan Trumbore, award-winning director at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany, and additionally affiliated with UC Irvine, USA, is an Earth systems scientist focusing on the carbon cycle and its effects on climate. She is especially recognised for her research on the application of radiocarbon for studying the dynamics of carbon cycling in plants and soils and how this is modified by climate change. Using radiocarbon, she has demonstrated rapid exchange between soil carbon and atmospheric carbon dioxide driven by temperature change, and provided novel estimates of residence times, sequestration rates and partitioning fluxes of soil carbon. This work has laid the foundation for much of our current understanding of how soil organic matter responds to global environmental change in a range of ecosystems.

“I hope my research has contributed to solving the puzzle of the global carbon cycle and putting constraints on how we manage ecosystems to remove carbon from the atmosphere” Trumbore says further on.

Founded in 1913, the British Ecological Society (BES) is the oldest ecological society in the world. The BES promotes the study of ecology through its six academic journals, conferences, grants, education initiatives and policy work. The society has 6,000 members from more than 120 different countries.

Prof. Susan Trumbore
Direktor Dpt Biogeochemical Processes
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
07745 Jena, Germany
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