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Naturalist Nights: Soil Carbon in Colorado Agroecosystems with Dr. Courtland Kelly

This event was recorded on January 27, 2022 as part of the 2022 Winter Naturalist Nights Series, in partnership with Aspen Public Radio.

Soil has been getting a lot of attention recently for its potential to store carbon from the atmosphere. But what is the realistic potential for carbon sequestration in soils, how could we do it, and how does soil carbon work?

In this talk, taking place as part of the 2022 Winter Naturalist Nights, Dr. Cortland Kelly goes in-depth on soil carbon: how it is formed, what controls it, how we can manage it, and how we measure it.

Each winter,Wilderness Workshop, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), andRoaring Fork Audubon partner to co-host the popular Naturalist Nights speaker series; nature specialists from around the country were invited to talk about their studies for a special opportunity to inform the public on the nature around us, and give insight into the science that can potentially affect the way that we interact with our environment.

Dr. Courtland Kelly is a researcher in Soil Health at Colorado State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Ecology and Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University in 2021, where she investigated the role of regenerative agricultural practices on soil health and soil organisms. Her work focuses mainly on the relationship between plants, soil, and soil organisms. Dr. Kelly completed her undergraduate degree in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Before beginning her graduate degree, she worked at ACES as a summer and winter naturalist.