Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Techniques

Laboratory AnalysisParticipants will gain hands‐on experience with a range of soil analytical techniques including:

Soil chemistry: Extraction, SOM fractionation, characterization of humic substances, nutrient analysis, and mineral characterization using advanced spectroscopy, diffractometry, and stable isotope biogeochemistry.


Pedology: Field characterization, sampling and archiving of soils, physical and elemental analyses, constituent mass balance, soil mineralogy.


Soil Microbiology: DNA extraction, quantitative PCR, DNA fingerprinting, extracellular enzyme activity assays.


Soil Ecology: Extraction and identification (microscopy and molecular) of nematodes, protozoa, rotifers, tardigrades, arhthropods, and earthworms.