Posted by Ashley
This June, Fiona and I got the chance to travel to Colorado State University and learn about all aspects of soil ecology from the awesome researchers in the CSU Natural Resource Ecology Lab in Fort Collins, CO. We were excited to learn all about the different dimensions of soil ecology that might be important to our research, but that we don’t usually think much about.
We learned about techniques for sampling soil and felt a little bit jealous of the lack of rocks in the forest and grassland soils of Colorado.
We also learned about the various invertebrates that live in soil, their functions, and how to quantify their abundance in space and time.
We noticed dramatic differences in the soil from Colorado compared to New England, and we’re feeling quite proud of our beautiful soil horizons in the northeast!
We also had some time to travel around the region, and we stopped for a bit to camp in beautiful Wyoming.
At the end of the trip, we rounded off the Colorado experience with a quick hike up to Emmaline Lake near the CSU Mountain Campus. We saw some beautiful landscapes and looked a little closer and the plant and fungal communities we were hiking past.
We had such a great time in Colorado, and now that we’re back home, it’s time to apply our new knowledge to our research questions!