The Soil Health & Ecosystem Ecology Lab
Focal research areas and key research questions
OUR RESEARCH

Summary of research interests go here

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SOIL HEALTH ASSESSMENT

How can management practices improve soil health for enhanced crop productivity, long-term soil fertility, and nutrient retention?

How do management practices affect the relationship between soil health and soil carbon?

How do underlying soil properties influence soil health metrics? 

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NEMATOLOGY

How can beneficial nematodes inform soil health management? 

 

To what extent do nematode communities evolve through time in managed landscapes? 

 

What is the relationship between soil food web structure and function and other soil biological health indicators?

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GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY

How does rainfall variability influence soil nutrient cycling, rhizosphere processes, and belowground biomass?

Does soil warming lead to greater carbon losses in all pools (labile and passive carbon)?

Can climate-smart management practices improve yield stability and soil health?

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SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

How does farmer perception of climate change influence adoption of climate-smart practices?

What are the barriers to increased adoption of cover crops?

How do farmers believe cover crops influence soil health?

Figure adapted from Lee et al 2017 (Using the Socio-Ecological Model to Frame Agricultural Safety and Health Interventions).