In The Spotlight: Dr. Nina Bingham

Jun 13, 2023 | Educational Resources

Title: In The Spotlight: Dr. Nina Bingham

Source: https://www.climatehubs.usda.gov/sites/default/files/Bingham.pdf

Summary:

Dr. Nina Bingham, a Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis, conducts research on using crushed rock soil amendments to capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) in agricultural fields. This research is part of the Working Lands Innovation Center’s efforts to address climate change while improving soil health and crop production. The process involves accelerating the natural breakdown of rocks, which removes CO2 from the atmosphere and stores it in the rocks. Crushed rock amendments can enhance this process while supplying nutrients to the soil. Dr. Bingham studies how climate variations in California affect soil carbon sequestration from crushed rock amendments by measuring their breakdown and carbon accumulation in field sites. The first round of amendments was applied in 2019, and soil samples are being collected to assess changes in carbon and nutrient levels. Dr. Bingham’s research aims to provide practical solutions for agriculture-based climate remediation, and she emphasizes the need for increased support and funding in this field.

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