Dr. Whendee Silver: The Marin Carbon Project
Carbon sequestration in annual grasslands: climate change mitigation potential for Marin County and beyond
Dr. Whendee L. Silver is the principal scientific investigator for the Marin Carbon Project. The research project was formed to examine how the sequestration of carbon in local rangeland soils (grazing lands on ranches and wide open spaces) can be a source of ecological and agricultural benefit to rural communities while reducing associated greenhouse gas emissions. John Wick, Nicasio, is the Project Director. Dr. Silver will give an update on the success of the project and where the research will head from here.
Dr. Silver earned her Ph.D. in Ecosystem Ecology from Yale University. Her research interests are in the field of ecosystem ecology, and include biogeochemical cycling in the plant-soil-atmosphere interfaces, the effects of disturbance on nutrient cycling, and the relationships among nutrient cycling, land-use, and biodiversity. Her lab group works on themes linking climate, plant community characteristics, and biogeochemical cycling in tropical forests, as well as the effects of changing cover types at local and regional scales.
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