The key finding of a recent study published by a former SEFS postdoctoral scholar and current assistant professor is that marsh ecosystems export much of the carbon that is fixed from photosynthesis in the form of dissolved inorganic carbon, which may lead to long term storage in the chemical environment of the ocean.

School of Environmental and Forest Sciences assistant professor David Butman and Matt Bogard, a former SEFS postdoctoral scholar, are among the authors of a recently published study that showed coastal ecosystems store carbon more efficiently than forests.

The paper, titled “Hydrologic export is a major component of coastal wetland carbon budgets,” was published in the July 2020 issue of Global Biochemical Cycles.

Bogard led the study while he was at SEFS. A key finding is that marsh ecosystems export much of the carbon that is fixed from photosynthesis in the form of dissolved inorganic carbon, which may lead to long-term storage in the chemical environment of the ocean.

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