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Gordon Gulch - Soil Microbes (2011)

Samples collected by Kathryn Eilers of Bacteria and Archaea distribution

Variables:  soil microbe counts, soil moisture, C:N ratio, %C

Standard Variables:  Carbon|Carbon to nitrogen mass ratio|Microbial biomass|Volumetric water content

Date Range:  (2011-01-01 to 2011-12-31)

Dataset Creators/Authors:  Kathryn Eilers


Field Area:   Gordon Gulch

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  • Description

    In this study conducted by Kathryn Eilers, distributions of Bacteria and Archaea were conducted within Upper and Lower Gordon Gulch. The purpose of this study is to discover how the distributions are related to slope aspect, vegetation type, and edaphic factors.

    Sampling was conducted along five transects approximately 200m (transects 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7), 400m (transects 8, 9, and 10), or 600m (transects 4 and 5) in length in the two regions of the watershed (see Overview Map) with samples collected from twenty, regularly spaced points (10 m, 20 m, or 30 m apart) along each transect. Each sample consisted of twenty, 0-5 cm cores, taken within a one meter radius, that were homogenized and sieved to 2 mm. Samples were then stored at 40C and split for analysis within two days of collection. Samples used for soil microbial community analysis were frozen at -800C until DNA was extracted.
  • Keywords

    soil microbes, ecology, Archaea, bacteria, soil chemistry

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  • Citation for This Dataset

    Eilers, Kathryn. Landscape-Scale Variation in Soil Microbial Communities Across a Forested Watershed. Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University of Colorado in partial fulfillment Of the requirement for the degree of Master of Arts Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Citation for This Webpage

    Kathryn Eilers (2011). "CZO Dataset: Gordon Gulch - Soil Microbes (2011)." Retrieved 25 Feb 2020, from

  • Publications

    Primary Publications


    Shifts in bacterial community structure associated with inputs of low molecular weight carbon compounds to soil. Eilers, K.G., Lauber, C L., Knight, R., Fierer N. (2010): Soil Biology & Biochemistry 42 (2010) 896-903


    Landscape-Scale Variation in Soil Microbial Communities Across a Forested Watershed. Eilers, Kathryn. (2011): Thesis, University of Colorado, Master of Arts, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


    Digging deeper to find unique microbial communities: The strong effect of depth on the structure of bacterial and archaeal communities in soil. Eilers K.G., Debenport S., Anderson S., Fierer N. (2012): Soil Biology and Biochemistry(50):58-65


Gordon Gulch - Raw results for edaphic properties of the soil pits.

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Gordon Gulch - Raw results for soil bacterial communities.

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