M. Francesca Cotrufo

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Soil Ecology

Professor

B250 Natural Resource Ecology Lab

Francesca.Cotrufo@colostate.edu

970-491-6056 office

Bio:

M. Francesca Cotrufo is a Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and Senior Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab, at Colorado State University. Born and raised in Naples, Italy, she earned B.Sc. from the University of Naples in 1991 and Ph.D. from Lancaster University, UK in 1995. Prior to join CSU in 2008, Dr. Cotrufo worked as a professor at the University of Campania, Italy. Since 2003, she have also been an Editor for the journal Global Change Biology.

Research Interests:

Dr. Cotrufo is a soil ecologist and biogeochemist, internationally recognized as an authority in the field of litter decomposition and soil organic matter dynamics, and in the use of isotopic methodologies in these studies. Her main research interest is in understanding the mechanisms and drivers of formation and persistence of soil organic matter, and its response to global environmental changes and disturbances. She also pursues applied research to propose soil management practices that increase soil health and mitigate climate change, such as application of biochar in soils. As a scientist fully aware of the current and future challenges expecting humanity, she is interested in promoting K-12 education and outreach activities to advance scientific literacy and societal understanding of current human impacts on the Earth System.

 

Courses I Teach:

SOCR 670  Terrestrial Ecosystem Isotope Ecology

SOCR 400   Soils and Global Change: Science and Impacts

SOCR 530   Scientific Writing – co-taught with Dr. Mark Brick and Dr. Paul Ode

Curriculum Vitae

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