Very excited to announce that we just officially received the good news that our Department of Energy (DOE) grant was funded! The project is titled “Understanding the mechanisms underlying heterotrophic CO2 and CH4 fluxes in a peatland with deep soil warming and atmospheric CO2 enrichment”. A one page executive summary of the project can be found here.
This funding will allow us to work at a super cool project site being run the the DOE. The Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change (SPRUCE) project using amazing technology to simulated elevated atmospheric CO2 and global warming in a Minnesota bog. Check out the prototype of one of the up to twenty-eight chambers that will be used for this project! Hopefully there will be opportunities for a couple of Chapman students to work at this site during the coming summers.
I’m thrilled to continue working with my long-time collaborator Scott Bridgham at the University of Oregon on this project. I’ll also have a chance to work with an ecosystem modeler (Charlie Zhuang at Purdue University) on this project and I’m excited to delve into these models for the first time through this project.