Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Techniques

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

Pedology: Field characterization of soil profile in grasslands and forest environments.

Soil Biogeochemistry: Greenhouse gas flux measurements, soil organic matter physical fractionation, 13C and 15N Isotope abundance.

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, arthropods, and earthworms.

Modeling: Application of equation and agent–based models of soil food web dynamics, biogeochemical cycling, and soil organic matter formation.