Cadillo Lab Collaborative Amazon Research
Why there is a need for this work
With recent interest and debate involving climate change there are often more questions raised than solutions presented. The subject of potential solutions involving the use of microbiology that our lab has discovered in the Amazon could be used to further the understanding of climate change and could potentially lead to a breakthrough in regulating the emission of greenhouse gasses.
Who are we and what are we doing to solve it
We are an ASU research lab that is dedicated to understand the ecology of carbon rich ecosystems, predictions on greenhouse gas flux in ecosystems, and development of different bioenergy and environmental remediation applications. During the excursion, our team of researchers will collaborate with a group of high school students from Peru and Arizona to have a hands on experience conducting real world research.
More details about past effort
In previous trips to the Amazon our lab has discovered that there is a large amount of greenhouse gases that may be contributing to climate change. We now know that the cause for this large amount is the microbes in the soil. These findings have allowed us to further our research in the area and educate young researchers.
"Over the past century, the development of new agricultural practices to satisfy a growing global demand for food has drastically disrupted the nitrogen cycle. This has led to extensive eutrophication of fresh waters and coastal zones as well as increased inventories of the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O). Microbial processes will ultimately restore balance to the nitrogen cycle, but the damage done by humans to the nitrogen economy of the planet will persist for decades, possibly centuries, if active intervention and careful management strategies are not initiated" Camfield, Professor of Ecology at the University of Southern Denmark states in his fundamentally important Science Journal article. A paper so important that anyone working with microbial ecology has most likely read 1 or... 7 times. And he is most certainly right - even with the research and development of the microbial processes that can "restore balance to the nitrogen cycle" there will still be a need to intervene on a larger scale. Understanding the problem of the damages done to the nitrogen cycle is difficult to put into a picture due to the orderless and colorless gasses that move all around us and compose a tremendous 78% of the earth's lower troposphere. This problem is bigger than us, but at the very least measures can be taken to utilize microbial processes to reduce some of the damage done by humans, and what a better place to research this then the Peat Land floor of the the Lungs of the Earth.... The Amazon!
- Carlos C. Courtney
Jil & Joe Courtney
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65 centimeters below
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One dollar for each of the students that we plan on having involved in the collaborative Amazonian research within the next 5 years.
3,606 miles away
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