Research Task: RB00E63.6.0
Task Manager: Craig Stricker
Biogeochemical cycling is a cornerstone of ecosystem function and structure. Much has been learned about element cycles in a variety of systems using standard geochemical techniques. However, isotope geochemistry can offer unique and additional insights into sources, processes, and mechanisms. Further, many light stable isotope techniques are amenable to studying element cycling, but logically can be extended to consumer organisms and therefore integrate food webs, offering a more complete assessment of ecosystems. Light isotopes commonly used in this context include hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur. Further, such techniques can complement studies of related biogeochemical cycles that have proven challenging to study directly with isotopic techniques.
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