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​An Introduction To Soil Nutrient Cycling

Published on: 23-May-2019

Event Type: Seminar
Event Date: 23 May 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Venue: ASE 3-D Visualization Lab (N2-B1c-16c)
Speaker: Dr. Ryan Mushinski

About the speaker:

Ryan M. Mushinski is a United States Department of Agriculture Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Texas State University in 2012 and Ph.D. in Ecosystem Science from Texas A&M University in 2017. Ryan is an expert in the field of soil microbial biogeochemistry with a focus on plant-soil-microbial interactions, soil microbial ecology, and carbon and nutrient biogeochemistry. His primary research investigates the influence of land-use change and vegetation shifts on soil microbial ecology and associated function in forest ecosystems. Ryan utilizes an integrated approach involving molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics, field ecology, soil science, and analytical chemistry. Because much of his research is applied, Ryan actively translates scientific knowledge to actionable outcomes by working with land-managers to develop programs that integrate stakeholder concerns into research planning.

More information about Ryan’s work can be found on his website:

About the event:

The cycling of soil nutrients has tremendous contemporary significance due to their critical role in determining the structure and function of ecosystems, and their influence on atmospheric chemistry and the climate system. This seminar will provide a framework for understanding nutrient cycling, their significance at the ecosystem scale, and contemporary relevance to ecosystem science. The cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus will be emphasized due to their importance in plant and microbe metabolism.  By the end of the seminar, attendees will (1) gain an understanding of how nutrients cycle in ecosystems, (2) develop a hypothesis and design an experiment about nutrient limitation of net primary productivity, and (3) determine the factors that control nitrogen cycling in ecosystems.

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