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Alex Woodley

Assistant Professor

NC State University

Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise

This research program is focused on the mitigation and adaptation to climate change in sustainable agricultural systems through improved soil productivity.
Research initiatives include mitigation of soil greenhouse gas emissions such as N2O and CO2 through improved land use management in agricultural settings. We use continuous field monitoring designs to capture temporal trends in emission losses.
Evaluating carbon sequestration strategies at the field scale included carbon inputs (biochar, organic amendments) and improved net primary productivity on site with the use of cover crops. We are also tying increased carbon sequestration to system productivity and soil health.
Measuring the improved resilience and yield stability in farm systems as related to water storage. Land management practices being evaluated are long-term tillage and cover crop residue retention.