Soils are everywhere, and because of that, they often fade into the background. Yet, soils are home to some of the most biodiverse communities on Earth and provide fundamental ecosystem services to humanity. In this talk, I will discuss the diversity, complexity, and heterogeneity of soils across landscapes — and demonstrate how soil scientists use this understanding to study how soils form, how they function, and how they might change in the future. In this context, I will share research findings on how soil biodiversity responds to environmental change and reflect on how I use both science and art as tools for strengthening our connection to soils and soil biodiversity.
November 17, 2020
About the Presenter
Dr. Yamina Pressler is a soil scientist, writer, educator, speaker, and artist who is on a mission to make soil a household name. As an educator and scholar at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Yamina shares her enthusiasm for soil science and ecology with undergraduate students while studying the many ways that soil organisms control how soils form and function. Yamina is always looking for creative ways to tell science stories and strengthen our connection to soil through art, writing, photography, and film. Yamina holds a B.S. in Environmental Management and Protection from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University. She worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Texas A&M University prior to returning to Cal Poly in 2019. When she’s not doing science, you can find Yamina running, watercolor painting, and spending time with her loved ones in the desert.