A panel discussion with three experts on the living soil system and its capacity to store and sequester carbon in agricultural and natural settings.
About the Speakers:
- Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry, and Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences, at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced. Her research on the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and other essential elements in the soil system carries implications for global climate change.
- Adria Arko serves dual roles as Climate and Agriculture Programs Manager with the San Mateo Resource Conservation District and San Mateo County Agricultural Ombudsman. As Program Manager, she manages the Carbon Farming, Waste Reduction, and Urban Farming Programs. As the Agricultural Ombudsman, she serves as a liaison between agricultural producers and County officials, helping farmers and ranchers navigate County permitting and assisting the County with improving its agricultural permitting process.
- Dr. Whendee Silver is the Rudy Grah Chair and Professor of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at U.C. Berkeley. Her work seeks to determine the biogeochemical effects of climate change and human impacts on the environment, including the climate change mitigation potential of grasslands. Prof. Silver is the lead scientist of the Marin Carbon Project, which studies the role of amending soil with compost to help sequestration of carbon dioxide from the air.
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