Auburn University student Matthew Ricker was one of 6 doctoral students in the United States to receive a grant from the Soil Science Society of America to attend the Soil Carbon Sequestration conference in Reykjavik, Iceland May 26-29, 2013.
Ricker, a PhD student in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, has been studying forest biogeochemistry in Congaree National Park near Columbia, South Carolina. Soil carbon storage is one of the areas of focus for Ricker’s research, which he says is an important topic for scientists interested in climate change and global carbon cycles. This is primarily because soil is one of the largest reservoirs of terrestrial carbon on Earth.
Ricker said, “This travel opportunity will provide me with valuable global research perspectives on soil carbon issues and teach me new techniques that I can utilize in the future as important soil functions, such as climate change mitigation and ecosystem services, become more widely valued in the United States.”
In addition to the grant to travel to Iceland for the conference, he was selected to receive additional funds to attend a hands-on workshop titled "Land-use practice and sustainable use of soil” after the conference.