Live from the Field: Nutrient Cycling in Grasslands

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with researchers from the Nutrient Network (NutNet) studying how humans are impacting nutrients and consumers in Argentina, Colorado, and New Mexico. Find out who they are, how they got interested in grasslands, and the research questions they are asking. NutNet is a coordinated research network comprised of more than 130 grassland sites worldwide. Instructor’s guide available.


Researchers from field stations around the world

  • Cynthia Brown, Professor of Agricultural Biology, Central Plains Experimental Range, USDA & Colorado State University
  • Scott Collins, Professor of Biology, Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Program, University of New Mexico
  • Laura Yahdjian, Professor of Ecology & Faculty of Agronomy, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Researcher at Las Chilcas & Instituto de Investigaciones Fisiológicas y Ecológicas Vinculadas a la Agricultura 

Moderator: Elizabeth Borer, Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota


"Live from the Field" events are 50-minute events where researchers with three field sites describe their interests and research in 8-minute videos, then participants join a live moderated Q&A session with the researchers. Events are recorded for asynchronous instructional use.

In this event, researchers will talk about their work on effects of fertilization & altered grazing patterns on grasslands, interaction of soil resources and rainfall in desert grassland, and nutrient addition increases grassland sensitivity to droughts.

“Live from the Field” events are international collaborations led by the Center for Environmental Inquiry that give students virtual field experiences in ecosystems all over the world. Events are informal and open to everyone to generate opportunities to speak with researchers and develop a personal interest in doing research. All are welcome. For more information: Dr. Claudia Luke, Sonoma State University,

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

Event times listed are in Pacific Daylight Time.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you closer to the event date.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Contact Phone
Contact Name
Kerry Wininger
Date & Time Registration Link
Monday, November, 9, 2020, 11:00am to 12:00pm