This week I was able to submit a paper that has been several years in the making. This paper includes data from the KBS LTER site (shown in the photo above), and includes a comparison of annual cropping systems, alfalfa, poplar, early successional field, and mature deciduous forest. I'm hopeful that sometime here soon I will be able to share a pdf of the publication with all of you!
Earlier today, I gave a talk at the Michigan Association of Extension Agents Spring Training up in East Lansing, and it was really awesome to get to talk with the amazing extension agents that work here in Michigan. Being an extension agent is such a challenging place to be... you are supposed to keep up with current research going on in academia while also keeping both feet on the ground knowing what is really happening with farmers out in the real world. I got to share some of my research from the LTER on carbon and nitrogen cycling, as well as some of the other great research that has been done out on the LTER site. This really was an interesting talk for me, as I have talked to farmers many times about my research both formally and informally. I have talked to teachers and K-12 students plenty of times. I have also talked to other researchers, but I have only given formal talks to extension agents a couple times. Talking to extension agents is a lot like talking to teachers, where you are covering content that the teachers will need to be able to pass on to their students. It made me really rethink how I talk about my research and how I communicate with different audiences.