Episode 35: The human burden on urban soils

Episode 35: The human burden on urban soils

Ecosystem services—the physical processes performed by soils within an ecosystem—are well-known in agricultural settings, but how do we define and measure them in urban settings? Join Dr. Sara Acevedo, assistant professor at La Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Chile, as she explores what it takes to measure the metals and other contaminants left in soil by human activity, the effect of soil homogeneity in an urban landscape, and to extend these studies out into areas of human development that have been ravaged by wildfires.


Sara received her masters in soils and geochemistry from UC Davis, and her doctorate in engineering sciences from La Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is currently assistant professor at that same university, where she teaches courses in environmental biophysics and statistical methods, and soon, geology and soil sciences and soil conservation. Her research centers around lab and field studies related to soil science and environmental studies, with specific focus on soil physics. Her recent interest has been to understand urban soil ecosystem services.

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