A unique educational The Summer Soil Institute experience Addressing Environmental Challenges with Current and Emerging Techniques The summer soil institute provides a WARNER COLLEGE OF unique opportunity to gain a funda- NATURAL RESOURCES mental and applied understanding of soil biology, chemistry, and physics with world-renowned faculty. Stu- A summer course for graduate students, dents will gain hands-on experience School of GLOBAL professionals, faculty, and K-12 teachers. with lab and field techniques and ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY will gain an enhanced appreciation for the importance of managing our July 12-24, 2010 soil resources sustainably. Fort Collins, Colorado Funding provided by: Summer Soil Institute Colorado State University Campus Delivery 1499 Fort Collins, CO 80523-1499 USA firstname.lastname@example.org Colorado State University Summer Soil Institute Location Course Structure The course will be Morning Sessions: Lectures, Demonstrations, and Fort Collins, Colorado based on the campus Discussions. July 12-24, 2010 of Colorado State Afternoon Sessions: Lab Activities and Field Trips. University (CSU), which is nestled Evening Sessions: Seminars, Modeling, Data This course will provide students with the back‐ against the foothills Analysis, and Social Events. ground to understand and address the sustain‐ ability of our soil resources in response to of the Rocky Moun‐ Students will be provided with a list of assigned global change and human activities. Our expert tains on the western edge of the Great Plains. We will readings and protocols prior to arrival. The read‐ faculty will provide students with an introduc‐ take advantage of the high diversity of soils within a short ings will be incorporated into the morning lec‐ tion to fundamental biological, physical, and drive with field trips to the Fraser experimental forest tures. The protocols will be used in the laboratory chemical aspects of the soil ecosystem through and the Shortgrass Steppe Long‐Term Ecological Research sessions. lectures and discussions. Students will learn Site. The institute will culminate with student presenta‐ cutting edge analytical techniques and will util‐ tions and a banquet at Pingree Park, where students will ize our state‐of‐the‐art lab facilities to address a be able to enjoy the mountain landscape just north of research question that they develop during the Rocky Mountain National Park. course. This basic knowledge will then be ap‐ plied towards an understanding of critical is‐ sues in soil sustainability. Instructors and topics Techniques Accomodations Thomas Borch: Environmental Soil Chemistry Participants will gain hands‐on experience with a range of On‐campus housing and meals will be available at soil analytical techniques including: the state‐of‐the‐art Academic Village at Colorado Richard Conant: Soil Biogeochemistry State University. Soil chemistry: Extraction, SOM fractionation, characteri‐ M. Francesca Cotrufo: Soil Organic Matter and zation of humic substances, nutrient analysis, and mineral How to Apply Stable Isotope Applications characterization using advanced spectroscopy, diffracto‐ Applications will be available in early 2010. The Eugene Kelly: Pedology and Geochemistry metry, and stable isotope biogeochemistry course will be limited to a maximum of 25 stu‐ John Moore: Soil Ecology, Food Web Modeling Pedology: Field characterization, sampling and archiving dents. More information is available on our web‐ of soils, physical and elemental analyses, constituent site: Mary Stromberger: Soil Microbiology mass balance, soil mineralogy. http://soilinstitute.nrel.colostate.edu Diana Wall: Soil Sustainability, Soil Fauna Soil Microbiology: DNA extraction, email: email@example.com Matthew Wallenstein: Soil Microbial Ecology quantitative PCR, DNA fingerprin‐ and Molecular Techniques ting, extracellular enzyme activity assays Soil Ecology: Extraction and identi‐ fication (microscopy and molecu‐ lar) of nematodes, protozoa, roti‐ fers, tardigrades, arhthropods, and earthworms.
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