Dr. Francesca Cotrufo
Professor of Soil Ecology: Dept. of Soil and Crop Science
Senior Scientist: Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Faculty Director: EcoCore Analytical Services
Colorado State University
Tel. +1 970 491 6056
Fax. +1 970 4911965
Global Change Biology
I am a soil ecologist with leading experience in the field of litter decomposition and soil organic matter C and N dynamics, and in the use of isotopic methodologies in these studies.
My main research interest is in the understanding of C and N fluxes from plant litter to soil and the atmosphere, and their response and feedback to global environmental changes.
I also pursue applied research to propose soil management practices that increase soil quality and fertility and mitigate climate change, as for example the study of biochar in soils.
As a scientist fully aware of the current and future challenges expecting humanity, I am interested in promoting research education, and outreach activities, aside from my specific area of expertise, to help mitigating the current human impacts on the Earth System and assure a better sustainable path for humanity.
Formation of soil organic matter via biochemical and physical pathways of litter mass loss