Bowden Coauthors Presentation at Harvard Forest Research Symposium

Professor of Environmental Science Richard Bowden coauthored a presentation, “Twenty Years of Litter and Root Manipulations: Insights into Multi-Decadal Soil Organic Matter Dynamics at the Harvard Forest,” at the annual Harvard Forest Research Symposium. The presentation, with coauthors from three other institutions, summarizes a 20-year study investigating the ability of forest soils to mitigate climate change through storage of carbon in temperate forests. Results of the study show that current forests have limited ability to increase rates of C storage, but are prone to large-scale carbon losses if climate or environmental change reduces forest productivity. Numerous Allegheny students have contributed to this study.