Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Dr. Francesca Cotrufo

Dr. Francesca Cotrufo

Dr. Francesca Cotrufo doing field work

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
francesca.cotrufo@colostate.edu

Subject Editor
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.

Cotrufo’s Research Program Informational Brochure

 

Formation of soil organic matter via biochemical and physical pathways of litter mass loss 

 


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