Professor in Environmental Science Policy & Management, University of California Berkeley
Associate Dean of Instruction and Student Affairs, University of California Berkeley
Soil microbial ecology: Microbial processing of carbon and nitrogen underlie the capacity of soil to support plant growth in agriculture, rangeland, forests, and wetlands. However the extreme heterogeneity of soil and the scale at which microorganisms interact with their habitat has made understanding the ecology of soil microbes a challenge of long duration. The research done in the Firestone lab aspires to fundamental understanding as well as knowledge applicable to current problems including terrestrial system response to global change, sustainability, biodegradation, and soil structure.
Anaerobic Oxidation of Methane in Tropical and Boreal Soils: Ecological Significance in Terrestrial Methane Cycling. Blazewicz, SJ, DG Petersen, MP Waldrop, MK Firestone (2012): Geophysical Research, Biogeosciences, V. 117: G02033
Papers and books that explicitly acknowledge a CZO grant are highlighted in PALE ORANGE.
The Eel River Critical Zone Observatory: exploring how the critical zone will mediate watershed currencies and ecosystem response in a changing environment. Dietrich, WE, JK Bishop, SM Carlson, ME Power, and S Thompson (2013): NSF Proposal
Critical Zone Observatory Steering Committee Report, June, 25 2012. Grant, G., Firestone, M. and Derry, L. (2012): Critical Zone Observatory Annual Meeting, May 29 to June 1, 2012, San Juan, Puerto Rico National
Report of the Steering Committee. Grant, G., Bales, J., Derry, L., Driscoll, C., Kendall, C., and Firestone, M. (2011): Critical Zone Observatory All Hands Meeting, May 8-12, 2011, Tucson, AZ National
Report of the Steering Committee. Derry, L., Driscoll, C., Firestone, M., Furbish, D., Grant, G., and Kendall C. (2010): Critical Zone Observatories 2010 Annual Meeting National