Belowground microbial responses to global change in alpine ecosystems
Richard Bardgett is a British ecologist and Professor of Ecology. Over the last thirty years, Richard’s research has led to mechanistic and conceptual advances in the area of plant-soil interactions, with a particular focus on understanding impacts of plants on soil microbial communities and feedback consequences for plant growth and ecosystem processes, especially carbon and nitrogen cycling.
Richard D. Bardgett
Belowground microbial communities play a prominent role in alpine ecosystems, regulating major biogeochemical cycles and the supply of growth-limiting nutrients to plants. This talk will consider some recent advances in our understanding of how alpine microbial communities rand their functioning responds to ongoing climate change, especially through changes in snow conditions, and how these responses are mediated by vegetation change.