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Weston Roundtable Series - Fire Effects on Soil Carbon and Soil Microbes in a Global Change Context

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Thursday, October 18
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Speaker: Thea Whitman , Assistant Professor, Department of Soil Science, UW-Madison

1163 Mechanical Engineering



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Erin Smith

Fires can have dramatic effects on ecosystems. During combustion, large stocks of carbon can "go up in smokeā€, while some of the remaining carbon may be transformed into charcoal. These effects have important implications for global carbon stocks and dynamics, especially since soils hold more carbon than the atmosphere and the biosphere combined. I will address the following question: As global fire regimes change, how will fires affect soil carbon stocks and the microbial communities that are responsible for cycling these stocks?