Instructor(s): Michael Kaiser
Number of Credit Hours: 3
Cross-listings: NRES 985, SOIL 985
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge about soil biogeochemical characteristics and processes are required to take full advantage of the content delivered. Recommended courses: AGRO/SOIL 153 or AGRO 804, AGRO/SOIL 455/855, GEOL 417/817.
Description: The course is designed to improve the understanding of carbon and nitrogen cycling in soil ecosystem including feedbacks and implications for soil management, environment, and climate.
Learning Outcomes/Course Objectives
- Sources of inputs for organic carbon and nitrogen and their transformations within the soil ecosystem.
- Importance of climatic and soil environmental conditions for soil carbon and nitrogen pools and their fluxes.
- Different concepts and theories of stabilization and destabilization of organic matter in soil.
- Methods used to analyze amount, composition, and turnover of carbon and nitrogen as formative elements of organic matter.
- Relationships between soil organic carbon and nitrogen dynamics and soil management/land use and how anthropogenic activities cause losses of carbon and nitrogen from soil.
- The functions of soil organic matter and its effect of productivity relevant soil characteristics.