Photos from Dr. Philben’s summer research team! Their team is studying how the release of nutrients from organic matter will increase with warming due to climate change. This will determine if the bog will be able to sequester additional carbon due to faster plant growth. #sustainablehope

Lab group selfie from the Miner Lake Bog field site (L to R: Michael Philben, Rachel Shaw, Madeleine O’Donnell, Madison Smith, and Lauren Bryan).
Photo of Lauren Bryan installing “Plant Root Simulators” in Miner Lake Bog in Allegan County, near Fennville. These are plastic stakes that absorb available nutrients in the soil, giving them a measure of nutrient availability for plants growing in the bog.