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What lies beneath: a closer look at the universe of soils
Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
What lies beneath:
a closer look at the universe of soils
Date: March 26, 2018, 7:30 pm
The Presentation: There are more living organisms in a handful of soil than humans on our entire planet. Though soils seem inert, with a closer inspection we find that they are actually thriving universes of their own! Soils have strong interactions with our globe’s hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere and exploring their complexity is key for understanding and protecting terrestrial systems. Come out to March’s meeting to be introduced to the wild world of soil life and explore ways you can continue to steward the land from the ground up.
The Presenter: Specializing in soil science, Meaghan Mechler is a graduate student in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. When she began her academic career, Meaghan thought she was destined for the world of botany, but soon found herself delving into the dark root zone where she saw the light. Following this passion for soils, Meaghan began her masters degree at the University of Waterloo and has thoroughly enjoyed her research in soil biogeochemistry, teaching, and presenting her work. Along with academia, Meaghan is very passionate about her family farm which she now helps manage, applying the knowledge she has acquired during her research. In this presentation, Meaghan will be introducing us to the dynamic processes of soil that enamored her years ago and how soil health impacts us all. She promises that the interactions happening below our feet will be far more thrilling than you imagine!