We would like to encourage you to submit an abstract to session 12d: Interactions between Soil and Biota as Controls on Ecosystem Function from Canopy to Rhizosphere at the upcoming Goldschmidt 2018 conference in Boston, MA, Aug 12-17. (see description below). Our Keynote Speaker is Zoe Cardon (The Ecosystems Center, MBL, Woods Hole, MA); and Invited Speakers: Marie-Anne De Graaff (Boise State University, Boise, ID); David McNear (University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY); Cornelia Rumpel (CNRS, France). We are looking forward to a great interdisciplinary session. Abstract Deadline is March 30th, (https://goldschmidt.info/2018/abstracts; our session is 12d)
Thank you for submitting your work to our session in advance. We hope to see you in Boston!
Assistant Professor, Soil Biology
Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Michigan State University
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA 99354
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Geology
Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
Description of 12d: The role soils play in terrestrial ecosystems is irreplaceable: they sustain huge amounts of plant growth, host an incalculable complexity of microbial populations, play an active role in carbon storage and cycling, and directly impact multiple aspects of water purity and supply. At their heart, soils foster intricate interactions between geochemical and biological processes with implications reaching from the molecular and pore scales up to the ecosystem level. Geochemical heterogeneity is a hallmark of soils where structural variation, geochemical conditions, and biological influence shape the soil ecosystem over variable spatial and temporal scales. This session is focused on the dynamic connections between soil geochemistry and the plants and microorganisms soils host and will emphasize the resulting biota/soil interactions that drive ecosystem processes. Mechanistic spatiotemporal resolution spanning from the molecular to field scales is needed to foster a fundamental understanding of these complex systems. Presented work will include both measurement and kinetic modeling approaches used to better understand biogeochemical cycling within soils and this session seeks to provide a forum for discussing new techniques, a novel coupling of different techniques, or cutting edge approaches for field and lab-based explorations. Advances in spatially-resolved and imaging techniques, harnessing of a wide array of ‘omics’ capabilities, use of synthetic soils or soil replacements, advanced mass spectrometry approaches, use of stable isotope tracers, and other topics are strongly encouraged as are scientific studies that provide new insights into this vital, yet challenging to study, system.