October 10, 2019
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Room 304-306, 3rd Floor, Lory Student Center


  • Rich Blaustein (Moderator) Freelance Science, Environmental and Legal Journalist
  • John Field (Speaker) Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
  • Keith Paustian (Speaker) University Distinguished Professor, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Colorado State University
  • Kevin Schaefer (Speaker) Research Scientist III and Lead Scientist for NSIDC Science Team, National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • Diana Wall (Speaker) University Distinguished Professor, Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability and Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University


Scientists, activists and even politicians are increasingly calling attention to the connection of soils and greenhouse gas sequestration and emissions. Undisturbed soils are typically richest in carbon, underscoring the importance of conservation. Moreover, specialists point out that increasing the health of soils, including with amendments like biochar and managing crops for sequestering carbon, could play a significant role in local, national and even global mitigation schemes. At the same time, scientists are greatly concerned that warming temperatures in the northern biome would cause methane and carbon release from permafrost and peatlands, significantly compounding ghg emissions. We will discuss the latest science, policy and opportunities that focus on the connections of soils, conservation and ghg sequestration and emissions.

>> John Field's presentation (PPTX/9 MB)
>> Keith Paustian's presentation (PDF/1 MB)
>> Kevin Schaefer's presentation (PPTX/5 MB)
>> Diana Wall's presentation (PDF/18 MB)

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