Robert HarrisonAs we all know, trees grow really tall in the Pacific Northwest. But, though we have studied the aboveground world of forests intensely, much less is known about the “hidden half” of forests—the soil. A recent regional study of soil to depths of three to four meters shows there is a lot going on deep in soil, from storage of large amounts of carbon, to deep rooting that appears to help our trees survive the dry summers.

Join Professor Rob Harrison tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16, for a deeper discussion during his talk, “The really hidden half of the hidden half: The role of deep soil in forest ecosystem processes,” in Week 2 of the SEFS Seminar Series!

The seminars, held in Anderson 223 on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., are open to all faculty, staff and students. Check out the rest of the seminar schedule for the Winter Quarter, and join us each week for a reception in the Forest Room from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Photo of deep soil study © Robert B. Harrison.