Courses of Study 2022-2023 
    
    Nov 26, 2022  
Courses of Study 2022-2023
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PLSCS 4720 - Nutrient and Carbon Cycling and Management in Ecosystems


     
Fall. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: PLSCS 2600  or permission of instructor. Co-meets with PLSCS 6720 . Offered in even-numbered years only.

J. Lehmann.

Building on knowledge of basic physico-chemical and microbial nutrient and carbon transformations in soil, we will examine the pathways of carbon and nutrients in ecosystems from the rhizosphere to the landscape level. An important aspect will be the understanding of environmental impacts by agriculture, forestry and agroforestry and the development of sustainable landus systems. We will explore various tracer methods for the study of carbon and nutrient cycling including stable and radio-isotopes as well as rare elements and biomarkers. You will expand you knowledge in discussion groups and through presentations and work in-depth on a project which involves both field and laboratory experimentation. The results of the project will be presented in a poster conference.

Outcome 1: Design a research project and articulate the justification for research questions.

Outcome 2: Develop mechanistic hypotheses, choose appropriate methods for a certain problem, and interpret complex data.



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