Stanford University

ESS Seminar: Dr. Caitlin Hicks Pries, Digging Deeper to Understand the How Soils Respond to Climate

Thursday, Dec 2, 2021 11:30 AM
Via Zoom
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ESS Seminar: Dr. Caitlin Hicks Pries, Digging Deeper to Understand the How Soil…
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Department of Earth System Science

Please join us for this Virtual Fall Seminar Series with our Speaker: Caitlin Hicks Pries, Ph.D.

Title: Digging Deeper to Understand the How Soils Respond to Climate Change

Abstract: Soils store over three times as much carbon as our atmosphere, and as soils warm, they have the potential to become a large positive feedback to climate change. Over half of this organic carbon is stored in deeper soils, but most climate change experiments have only focused on surface soils. Here I explore the vulnerability of deep (>20 cm) soil carbon to climate change through a series of experiments in locations ranging from hardwood temperate forests to tropical Hawaii to old agricultural fields. I have found that the response of deep soils to climate change varies greatly across these ecosystems and is likely dependent on its availability to the soil microbes that consume it. This conclusion is supported by a global meta-analysis of radiocarbon values among different soil carbon pools, which vary in their availability to microbes.

Bio: Dr. Caitlin E. Hicks Pries is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College who is broadly interested in how terrestrial ecosystems and soils are responding to climate change. Caitlin did her undergraduate work in biology and environmental studies at Middlebury College and earned an M.S. in Soil and Water Science and a Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Florida. She then became a postdoctoral researcher in the Climate Sciences Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before moving to Dartmouth. Her current research projects focus on the controls of soil carbon cycling including the susceptibility of soil organic carbon to climate change and how plant communities and their associated microbes affect soil carbon storage. Caitlin’s research spans ecosystems from tropical forests to temperate forests to tundra and from forests to managed grasslands. She has been awarded early career awards from the Forest, Range and Wildlands Division of the Soil Science Society of America and the Biogeosciences Division of the European Geosciences Union.

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A special thanks to our ESS Faculty, Alison Hoytfor bringing this speaker to us. Also, thanks to Morgan O'Neill and Jamie Jones for co-instructing and running this Virtual Seminar Series this fall by bringing you experts in the fields as we learn from them.  

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