Adventures in Biogeochemistry

Chico Basin Ranch

Chico Basin Ranch

This year in EV 211 | Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles, we are examining the topic through the lense of agriculture. Focusing on how different agricultural practices, especially those practiced in the Western United States, alter the way the soil is storing carbon and nitrogen. We took two field trips to local ranches and farms and are super appreciative of all the help they gave us (Larga Vista Ranch and Chico Basin Ranch). In particular, Doug Wiley who owns and operates Larga Vista Ranch allowed the students to sample his various fields, allowing them to compare the impacts of various land management practices on the above ground biomass and the soil’s chemical and physical properties.

Clockwise from top left: Norbert laying a plant transect in a nearby corn field, Aidan measuring plant diversity, Doug Wiley explaining rotational grazing, the chickens checking out a transect tape.

Clockwise from top left: Norbert laying a plant transect in a nearby corn field, Aidan measuring plant diversity, Doug Wiley explaining rotational grazing, the chickens checking out a transect tape.

EV211 Block 3 2016 Syllabus

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