The project is a five-year experiment to assess the impact of increased forest growth on soil carbon dynamics, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant to Principal Investigator Emma J. Sayer.
The experiments compare the responses of temperate and tropical forests to changes in plant inputs. We have large-scale field plots in a temperate and a tropical forest, ‘mesocosms’ in three temperate and tropical forest stands of different ages, and lab microcosms with ~10 different soils from forests worldwide.
The research group is based at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University with collaborators at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Wallingford. Fieldwork is being carried out at Wytham Woods in Oxfordshire, and at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, Central America.