Carbon cycling in tropical rainforests

Carbon cycling in tropical rainforests

Title of Project

Carbon cycling in tropical rainforests

Name of Advisor/s

Lucas Cernusak

College

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

Tropical forests play a significant role in the global carbon cycle. Carbon is fixed by plants through photosynthesis and returns to the atmosphere through respiration. Roughly one half of the carbon fixed during photosynthesis is released by plant respiration in leaves and woody tissues. Microbial decomposition of litter, dead wood, and soil organic matter releases additional stores of carbon to the atmosphere. These aspects of carbon cycling in tropical forests have been little quantified. This study will combine eddy covariance measurements and Global Ecosystem Monitoring protocols to explore the intricacies of carbon cycling in tropical forests of Far North Queensland.

Key Words

carbon cycle, soil respiration, tropical forest

Would suit an applicant who

Has an interest in tropical forests and biogeochemical cycles