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Marín-Spiotta and Mason soil carbon research on NSF Science Now

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.

Buried fossil soils found to be awash in carbon

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 […]

Next wave of research: Ecology, super-sized

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, […]

Now you see it: Aerial images reveal sand dunes in the heart of the Badger State

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 […]

Documenting the history of American Indian agriculture and land‐use in northeastern WI

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 […]

Researchers find dams change downstream vegetation, create predictive model for red cedar invasion

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 […]

Space as substitute for time in predicting climate-change effects

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 […]

UW Geographers address potential Social Impacts of REDD/Climate Change Policy

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 […]

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