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Biogeochemistry of Soil-Plant Interactions

Research focuses on biogeochemical cycles primarily in terrestrial ecosystems. Biogeochemical cycles control the storage and movement of energy, water, and nutrients as well as other chemical constituents.

Applications can include waste disposal (including radioactive wastes), plant production, as well as other anthropogenic activities which impact terrestrial ecosystems.  Both biological / microbiological processes and chemical processes are areas of research focus.

Biogeochemical Processes researchers working in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State.

Our research focuses on changing biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems. Biogeochemical cycles control the storage and movement of energy and nutrients. We are particularly interested in the nitrogen cycle.

We have a long history of studying how soil affects the lives of the state’s citizens and how people have, and are today, changing the state’s soils. While the lab’s research focuses largely on Pennsylvania soil issues, we have conducted work regionally, nationally, and internationally.