NSF Science Now spotlights the soil carbon research of Profs. Erika Marín-Spiotta & Joe Mason and former Ph.D. student, Nina Trautmann Chaopricha. For more about their recent research findings, see this related article.
by Terry Devitt, UW Communications Soils that formed on the Earth’s surface thousands of years ago and that are now deeply buried features of vanished landscapes have been found to be rich in carbon, adding a new dimension to our planet’s carbon cycle. The finding, reported May 25, 2014 in the journal Nature Geoscience, is […]
by David Tenenbaum, UW Communications The University of Wisconsin-Madison, home of pioneering ecologists who studied lakes, forests, wetlands and prairies, is playing a key role in the next wave of ecological research: large teams of scientists confronting the dilemma of a changing climate on a shrinking planet. But where UW-Madison’s Edward Birge and Chancey Juday, […]
Newly created laser images of central Wisconsin show fields of dunes, most of which have never been seen before, that were blowing in the wind as recently as about 11,000 years ago. “They have been hiding in plain sight,” says Joseph Mason, professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Most are covered with trees […]
Senior lecturer Bill Gartner had the privilege of working on the Menominee Reservation this summer as a Co‐PI, with David Overstreet (College of the Menominee Nation), on a project documenting the history of American Indian agriculture and land‐use in northeastern Wisconsin. They have discovered, mapped, and excavated several large raised field and storage pit complexes […]
Prior to the 1950s, the mighty Missouri River would annually flood. The slow march of waters across the valley distributed fertile sediment for agriculture, but also fueled a mutualistic relationship with the river valley’s vast stands of cottonwood trees. These trees support wildlife, provide the river with important nutrients to fuel aquatic life, and support […]
Jessica Blois (former geography postdoc) and Prof. Jack Williams have published an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on their research. They use global climate models and fossil pollen data from the last deglaciation to test a fundamental assumption in biodiversity modeling: that the spatial relationships between biodiversity and climate relationships can be […]
Tropical deforestation is a source of roughly 15% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) is a prominent international policy mechanism through which developed, high-emitting countries pay developing nations to sustain their forests in order to store carbon. REDD is controversial, particularly with regard to whom should be paid and […]