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In this glossary clip, Kimberly Epps and describes what she thinks of when she considers climate change. This clip was taken from an interview conducted in 2009 at an AGCI workshop on the State of the Global Phosphorus Cycle.
Kim Epps is a biogeochemist whose introduction to the realm of soil fertility and phosphorus cycling in tropical soils came during service in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, Central Africa. While expounding on the merits of nitrogen-fixing trees and shrubs, she discovered farmers' greater concern over phosphorus fertility. She entered the programs of International Agricultural Development and Soil Science at the University of California in Davis, where her master's research entailed ranking the susceptibility of freshwater marshes in Belize to phosphorus loading by sediment type. Dr. Epps performed her doctoral work at the University of Florida, centered on exploring the relationship between the chemical diversity of tree species and litter decomposition in the context of the highly diverse Atlantic Forest of Bahia, Brazil. She is currently exploring several new topics including relating the molecular sequence of carbon transformation of degrading organic matter to microbial activity, as well as contrasting the phosphorus acquisition strategies of invasive and native nitrogen-fixing and non-fixing species in highly phosphorus-limiting environments.
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At the 2009 AGCI workshop, Dr. Epps gave a presentation entitled "What regulates recovery time of water bodies following cessation of P loading?" Her PowerPoint slides from this presentation can be found by clicking here.