Katherine Rocci

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2021-2022

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Research Summary: Soils do so much for society. They help grow our food, clean our water, and even help fight climate change. When we store carbon in the soil, rather than in the air, we reduce the warming effect of climate change. However, soil carbon is at risk from human-induced changes in the environment, as it may be lost under global warming or more widespread droughts. I study the susceptibility of soil carbon to climate change by considering unprotected and protected soil carbon. These two types of soil carbon have different controls, so we expect them to react differently to climate change.