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David Eissenstat

address: 201 Forest Resources Building
location: Agricultural Sciences
phone: 814-863-3371
e-mail: dme9@psu.edu
department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Projects

Forest Ecology and Mycorrhizas

Forest health is dependent on trees acquiring enough water and nutrients. Tree species forage belowground differently, depending on differences in their roots and mycorrhizas. A student working on this project will investigate root and fungal diversity and how it relates to how trees forage for nutrients.

Website: http://rootecology.psu.edu
Number of undergraduates needed: undefined
Minimum qualifications: undefined



A Better Understanding of the Ecology of Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Carbon Fluxes

Sustainable agriculture depends on the promotion and management of healthy soils. Healthy soils support root growth and beneficial microbes, such as mycorrhizal fungi, to enhance soil quality, nutrient uptake and crop production. A student working on this project will investigate root and fungal interactions and how they relate to root and soil health. Forests can be major sinks for carbon in a changing climate. One of the greatest uncertainties in terrestrial carbon fluxes is that occurring belowground. A student on this project will work on questions of how does soil moisture and nutrients affect root production and turnover and soil CO2 in a changing climate.

Website: http://rootecology.psu.edu
Number of undergraduates needed: undefined
Minimum qualifications: undefined