I think some of these views come from some deep-seated legacy from the printing days where running the presses was an obvious cost: copy-editing, printing, and mailing out hardcopy issues of journals. So why is it expensive? What are the costs in modern academic publishing? The academic staff reviewers and editors generally do not get paid—we manage most editorial jobs as professional service. Actual human copy-editing is mostly a thing of the past.
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Organismal Biology Research My research sits at the interface of ecosystem and microbial ecology. I am interested in the role of soil microbes in controlling ecosystem scale processes. I am particularly interested in the linkages between plant and soil processes, and how changes in microbial community structure affects ecosystem-scale dynamics.
My work is now focusing on three ecosystems: the Arctic tundra in Alaska and Greenland, High elevation ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada, and the California annual grassland-oak savanna. Work in the Arctic is focused on understanding the dynamics of soil organic matter. The Arctic is important in global climate since there is a lot of C stored in arctic soils and the Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the world. Increased temperatures could cause greater release of C into the atmosphere, producing a positive feedback on global climate.
Alternatively, nutrient release from soil organic matter could enhance plant growth, making the Arctic a stronger sink for atmospheric CO2, and producing a negative feedback on climate. Which of these processes is more important depends on the nature of soil organic matter, its bioavailability, and what happens to the nutrients that are made available by decomposition.
Within this framework I have projects studying the bioavailability of tundra soil C and N and how that varies throughout the year. One important piece of understanding the Arctic is winter. Winter is long and cold, but it is not biologically dead. Winter activity accounts for a significant portion of total annual respiration, and may account for all of the annual net C efflux. Nitrogen cycling under the snow may also be important in supplying nitrogen to plants.
We actually know very little about the controls on microbial activity in freezing and frozen soils. This is a large, interdisciplinary program focused on understanding the Arctic as an integrated system, with strongly interacting physical and biological components. Within this larger direction, I have two project thrusts. One is focusing on plant soil interactions and how changing plant communities interact with changing soil processes, particular nitrogen cycling.
In particular we are interested in the effect of the annual grasses that invaded California starting over years ago. How much of their success is through changing soil conditions?
We are working with Dr. This project is basic microbial ecology and includes work using molecular tools to understand the dynamics of specific microbial populations. Kearney Foundation of Soil Science. Dry Season Biogeochemistry of California ecosystems.
The implications of exoenzyme activity on C flow and microbial carbon and nitrogen limitation in soil. Kearney Foundation. The bugs of winter: microbial control of soil biogeochemistry during the Arctic cold season. CRB: The role of seed limitation, resource competition, and community complementarity in invasions and restoration.
Coupling of carbon and water cycles in a cold, dry ecosystem: Integrative physical, chemical, and biology processes and their controls on CO2 exchange. Kearny Foundation. Microbial and hydrological controls of nitrogen losses from alpine and chaparral ecosystems during seasonal transitions. Amino acids in the N economy of Arctic tundra communities.
Mellon Foundation. Linking Resource and stress gradients to microbial community composition and function through the soil profile of a California annual grassland at the Sedgwick Reserve. Winter C-flux in Arctic ecosystems under changing climate: effects of soil carbon and active layer dynamics. Contact Us.
About Josh Schimel
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Organismal Biology Research My research sits at the interface of ecosystem and microbial ecology. I am interested in the role of soil microbes in controlling ecosystem scale processes. I am particularly interested in the linkages between plant and soil processes, and how changes in microbial community structure affects ecosystem-scale dynamics. My work is now focusing on three ecosystems: the Arctic tundra in Alaska and Greenland, High elevation ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada, and the California annual grassland-oak savanna.
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