On Tuesday, August 10th, Nadelhoffer presented "Biological Controls on Forest Soil Organic Matter Accumulation: Lessons from the DIRT Collaboration." Nadelhoffer is a beloved former director of UMBS, and a professor emeritus in the University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In his Bennett lecture, he presents results from a network of long-term experiments referred to as “DIRT” (Detrital Input and Removal Treatments, including a 15-year experiment at UMBS), focused on understanding how forest leaf and root litter function to control soil organic matter accumulations in forest soils. In addition to hard science, Nadelhoffer manages to weave in art, classical music, personal anecdotes, and a spirited cast of characters from his long career in soil ecology.
Watch below for a full recording of Nadelhoffer's lecture, plus question and answer session. That's a wrap on the 2021 Summer Lecture Series! Thanks to all who tuned in. We'll see you next summer.