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Overview

The Department Biogeochemical Processes explores the key processes and organisms that regulate exchanges of energy, water and elements between ecosystems and their surroundings. We use observations, experiments and models to improve understanding of how human activities are altering ecosystem function, and the consequences of those changes for sustainability and regional/global climate.

We explore several aspects of ecosystem function and how it is altered by climate and land use:

- Allocation of the products of photosynthesis among respiration, storage, growth, transfer to the rhizosphere and defense

- Factors determining the age and transit time of carbon in soils

- Links between microbial community function and the diversity of organic compounds and gases found in soils and groundwater

- Landscape scale processes such as windthrow, berhivory, and fire

- Understanding how environmental conditions are recored in the isotopic composition of biomarker molecules

News

September 10, 2018:
This week 14Constraint project group is hosting a “hack-a-thon” with colleagues from the Powell Center to work on the International Soil Radiocarbon Database (IsRad) and the publication announcing its official launch.

Latest Publications

1Salazar, A., Sanchez, A., Villegas, J. C., Salazar, J. F., Carrascal, D. R., Sitch, S., Restrepo, J. D., Poveda, G., Feeley, K. J., Mercado, L. M., Arias, P. A., Sierra, C. A., Uribe, M. d. R., Rendón, A. M., Pérez, J. C., Tortarolo, G. M., Mercado-Bettin, D., Posada, J. A., Zhuang, Q., Dukes, J. S. (2018). The ecology of peace: preparing Colombia for new political and planetary climates. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16(9). doi:10.1002/fee.1950.
2Hodgkins, S. B., Richardson, C. J., Dommain, R., Wang, H., Glaser, P. H., Verbeke, B., Winkler, B. R., Cobb, A. R., Rich, V. I., Missilmani, M., Flanagan, N., Ho, M., Hoyt, A. M., Harvey, C. F., Vining, S. R., Hough, M. A., Moore, T. R., Richard, P. J. H., La Cruz, F. B. D., Toufaily, J., Hamdan, R., Cooper, W. T., Chanton, J. P. (2018). Tropical peatland carbon storage linked to global latitudinal trends in peat recalcitrance. Nature Communications, 9: 3640. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-06050-2.
3Malik, A. A., Puissant, J., Buckeridge, K. M., Goodall, T., Jehmlich, N., Chowdhury, S., Gweon, H. S., Peyton, J. M., Mason, K. E., van Agtmaal, M., Blaud, A., Clark, I. M., Whitaker, J., Pywell, R. F., Ostle, N., Gleixner, G., Griffiths, R. I. (2018). Land use driven change in soil pH affects microbial carbon cycling processes. Nature Communications, 9: 3591. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-05980-1.
4Blankinship, J. C., Berhe, A. A., Crow, S. E., Druhan, J. L., Heckman, K. A., Keiluweit, M., Lawrence, C. R., Mari´n-Spiotta, E., Plante, A. F., Rasmussen, C., Schädel, C., Schimel, J. P., Sierra, C. A., Thompson, A., Wagai, R., Wieder, W. R. (2018). Improving understanding of soil organic matter dynamics by triangulating theories, measurements, and models. Biogeochemistry, 140(1), 1-13. doi:10.1007/s10533-018-0478-2.
5Völkel, H., Bolivar, J. M., Sierra, C. A. (2018). Stabilization of carbon in mineral soils from mangroves of the Sinú river delta, Colombia. Wetlands Ecology and Management. doi:10.1007/s11273-018-9621-z.

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