Penn Science Café: ‘The Carbon Beneath Our Feet’

Gina Bryan | | 215-898-8721
Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194
Friday, October 21, 2016


Alain Plante
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Chair
Department of Earth & Environmental Science
School of Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania


Penn Science Café: “The Carbon Beneath Our Feet”

There is more carbon in the earth’s soils than in the atmosphere and plants combined. There is also six times more carbon exchanged annually between soils and the atmosphere, primarily as carbon dioxide, compared to annual fossil fuel emissions. Yet, as Leonardo DaVinci said, “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.” In this talk, Alain Plante will describe the role soils play in the global carbon cycle and in sustainable agriculture and land use.


The talk is part of the Penn Science Café free public-lecture series presented by Penn Arts & Sciences and the Office of University Communications that takes science out of the lab for a night on the town. Professor Plante’s presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A. Café events are free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Seating is limited.


Tuesday, October 25, 6-7 p.m.


World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia