Digging into Soil Ecology

Rachel Thiet headshot.
  • June 13 | 10:30am - 2:30pm

CEUs Available: APLD (1.75 credits); NOFA-AOLCP (pending)

Member $46/ Non-member $56/ Workshop Sponsor $120

Healthy soils are teeming with life, and biodiverse soil communities are integral to plant diversity and productivity, as well as to vital ecosystem functions like carbon sequestration. Join ecologist Rachel Thiet to explore how soils form, why soils are valuable habitat, and to understand the effects of soil food webs on nutrient availability, carbon storage, and other soil properties. We'll discuss the effects of common gardening practices and land management decisions on soil organismal health and ecosystem functioning, with an emphasis on carbon storage potential and how natural communities aboveground and belowground interact with one another. The workshop will conclude with a fun field excursion to search for and identify the numerous fascinating soil creatures just underfoot!

Rachel Thiet is currently the Director of Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. She is a systems ecologist with broad interests in soil, plant, and invertebrate ecology, biogeochemistry, and the interactions that tie them all together