News and Events


16 May 2018

Dr. J. Patrick Megonigal, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA will be giving a presentation on "Carbon Cycling at the Coastal Terrestrial-Aquatic Interface".

Dr. Megonigal's presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd at 13:00 - 14:00 in the Ted Nevill Lab, CEC School of BEES, Distillery Fields, North Mall.

Coastal wetland ecosystems play a disproportionally large role in the global carbon cycle as they remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and bury it in soils for centuries to millennia. However, the future sink strength and carbon stock stability of coastal wetlands is uncertain because global change drivers such as elevated CO2, nitrogen and temperature perturb the complex biotic and abiotic feedbacks that drive high rates of soil carbon sequestration. In this seminar, Dr Pat Megonigal will give an overview of carbon cycling in coastal wetlands and address how these ecosystems respond to climate change. Pat Megonigal is an ecosystem ecologist with interests in carbon and greenhouse gas cycling in wetlands particularly as they relate to global change. He is the lead investigator of the Global Change Research Wetland, Smithsonian Institution, a world-class facility dedicated to unraveling the complex ecological processes that confer stability on coastal marshes as they respond to global environmental change.

This is a free event open to the public organized by UCC Climate Lab at the Environmental Research Institute, and School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC. All are welcome. Please register here. For further details, please contact Dr Grace Cott at


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