From Genes to Ecosystems: Insights from the SPRUCE Project in Northern Minnesota
#: CBEP    ID: 9154    Section: 0302233C19
In this course we will discuss recent findings from the SPRUCE experimental system, a bold project run by the Department of Energy in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. The goal of SPRUCE (Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Changing Environments) is to assess how northern peatland ecosystems will respond to increased temperature and carbon-dioxide. Course participants will learn about (1) ecosystem-level processes related to nutrient and carbon cycling, (2) the contribution of Sphagnum peat mosses and their associated microbes to peatland ecosystems, and (3) how genetic factors influence plant-microbe symbiosis and nutrient cycling dynamics. We will integrate these three topics to demonstrate how the activity of genes at the molecular level can scale to impact processes at the ecosystem level through their effects on plant-microbe interactions. The only course prerequisite is curiosity!
Bring to Class:
Online via Zoom, link will be sent via email prior to the class
1:00 PM
Registration Cutoff Date:
Dates & Times:
3/2/2023   1:00PM - 3:00PM