6th Annual Summer Soil Institute at Colorado State University

Announcing the 6th Annual Summer Soil Institute at Colorado State University

Are you interested in Soil Ecology and Biogeochemistry?

The 6th Annual Summer Soil Institute is your opportunity to gain an integrated perspective with world-renowned faculty to address critical questions using current analytical techniques, experimental approaches, and instructional models. The 6th Annual Summer Soil Institute (SSI 2015) is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, post-docs, professionals, faculty, and K-12 teachers. SSI 2015 will be held on June 14-27, 2015, and is located at the confluence of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains, at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.


Topics covered during the Summer Soil Institute will be directed towards answering:

What are the physical, chemical and biological components of soil?

What do molecular techniques tell us about soil biodiversity?

How does soil chemistry affect carbon and nutrient cycling?

How are soil processes affected by global change?


For more information and to apply, please visit our website: http://soilinstitute.nrel.colostate.edu. After reviewing the website, if you are interested in attending SSI this year, and would like more information, please Email us at: soil@nrel.colostate.edu

Applications due March 2, 2015.


Additional Information:

Summer Soil Institute participants will get hands-on experience with lab, field, and modeling techniques including:

Soil physics and biochemistry:


Organic matter fractionation

Stable isotopes

Soil respiration

Trace gas fluxes


Soil biology-microbes and fauna:

DNA extraction

Quantitative PCR

Enzyme activities

Microscopy-based identification

Soil food web modeling


The 2015 SSI Faculty Instructors:

Jay Lennon: Soil Microbial Ecology and Molecular Techniques

Eugene Kelly: Pedology and Geochemistry

John Moore: Soil Ecology, Food Web Modeling

Eldor Paul:  Soil Microbiology

Mary Stromberger: Soil Microbiology

Diana Wall: Soil Sustainability, Soil Fauna

Joe von Fischer: Soil Microbial Ecology and Trace Gas Measurements

Thomas Borsch: Soil Chemistry

Claudia Boot: Soil Organic Matter

We hope that you can join us this year for the 6th Annual Summer Soil Institute at Colorado State University.



Summer Soil Institute Organizational Committee

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
SSI Web: http://soilinstitute.nrel.colostate.edu/

SSI Email: soil@nrel.colostate.edu