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Interdisciplinary research project focuses on denitrification

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Interdisciplinary research project focuses on denitrification

Through the IGERT, a novel interdisciplinary research project has emerged focusing on denitrification, a microbial process that produces nitrous oxide (N2O, a powerful greenhouse gas) spanning three trainees of varying disciplines: Armanda Roco is a microbiologist who studies microbial controls on each step of the denitrification process using DNA extractions; Lauren McPhillips is a field scientist, studying the ecosystem-scale environmental factors that regulate emissions of N2O, and Janet Barclay is a modeler simulating these processes. Together, they advanced understanding of the processes and rates of N2O emissions from local stream riparian areas near agricultural fields. They anticipate publishing this work, and using it to provide the basis for future scaling to broader regions.