Faculty Member Joel Kostka in Georgia Tech Research Horizons

11/9/2016

Professor Joel Kostka was featured in Issue 2 2016 of Georgia Tech Research Horizons in a story by Ben Brumfield.

From the article:

Kostka is one of dozens of researchers who have come to northern Minnesota’s Marcell Experimental Forest to get a good look at a behemoth made of carbon. It’s buried under the fluffy moss, but in a globally warmed future, scientists postulate, it will transform into greenhouse gases and accelerate climate change.

The U.S. Department of Energy is testing the hypothesis in a wide-ranging experiment called SPRUCE, which stands for Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change.

SPRUCE is artificially warming the whole bog ecosystem in sections from below the plant roots up to the treetops.

“There’s no other large experiment like this of its kind,” said Kostka, a microbiologist and professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Biological Sciences and School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. “The idea is to warm the soils from the bottom up.” The research should mimic global warming like nothing before it.

You can read the entire article here.

Photo:  Left:  Joel Kostka & Max Kolton  Right:  Greenhouse Chamber

Photo Credits:  Ben Brumfield of Georgia Tech

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