Stockbridge professors Marco Keiluweit and Baoshan Xing are co-editors of a new book providing a state-of-the-art overview of research in soil biogeochemical processes, and strategies for greenhouse gas mitigation under climate change.

Multi-Scale Biogeochemical Processes in Soil Ecosystems: Critical Reactions and Resilience to Climate Changes (Wiley 2022) offers a systematic and interdisciplinary approach to sustainable agricultural development and management of soil ecosystems in a changing climate. 

At Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Keiluweit, Xing, and all our faculty are appointed to do both teaching and research, which sets us apart from many agricultural teaching colleges. 

It means that Stockbridge students are taught by internationally acclaimed researchers that bring their cutting-edge work to the classroom. Stockbridge students enjoy hands-on opportunities to join faculty research projects, and to conduct their own independent research in our lab and greenhouse facilities.

Food security and soil health for the rapidly growing human population are threatened by increased temperature and drought, soil erosion and soil quality degradation, and other problems caused by human activities and a changing climate.

According to the book’s authors, “Because greenhouse gas emission is the primary driver of climate change, a complete understanding of the cycles of carbon and major nutritional elements is critical for developing innovative strategies to sustain agricultural development and environmental conservation." 

Part of the Wiley - IUPAC Series on Biophysico-Chemical Processes in Environmental Systems, the book’s peer-reviewed selections, from an international team of leading scientists, examine topics such as:

  • soil organic matter stabilization
  • soil biogeochemistry modeling
  • soil responses to environmental changes

and recommend strategies for

  • mitigating greenhouse gas emission
  • improving soil health
  • strengthening ecosystems resilience

Organized into three parts, the text examines molecular-scale processes and critical reactions, presents ecosystem-scale studies of ecological hotspots, and discusses large-scale modeling and prediction of global biogeochemical cycles.

This authoritative text is essential reading for scientists, engineers, agronomists, chemists, biologists, academic researchers, consultants, and other professionals whose work involves the nutrient cycle, ecosystem management, and climate change.

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