Soil holds 2x more carbon than vegetation and the atmosphere combined, according to Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry and Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced. She is digging beneath the surface with Climate Now to help us understand the complexities of the soil carbon cycle and how soil could help us fight climate change.
Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry, University of California, Merced
Dr. Asefaw Berhe’s research lies at the intersection of soil science, global change science, and political ecology. She investigates how the soil system regulates the earth’s climate, and the dynamic two-way relationship between soil and human communities. She is the recipient of several awards and honors, including Fellow and Joanne Simpson Medal recipient from the American Geophysical Union; Fellow and Bromery Award recipient from the Geological Society of America; the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award, and member of the inaugural class of the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s New Voices in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She is also a TED speaker.