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Michele Schoeneberger

Research Leader, Research Soil Scientist
1945 N 38th East Campus-UNL (0822)
USDA NAtional Agroforestry Center
Lincoln, NE 68583-0822
Phone: 402-437-5178 x4021
mschoeneberger@fs.fed.us

Current Research

I am a Research Soil Scientist at the USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since 1992, I have served as NAC's Research & Development Program Lead, working with a national network of partners to develop local, regional and national Working Tree science, tools and strategies in support of profitable and resilient agriculture. My current work is in support of the research needed for understanding and quantifying agroforestry's contributions in support of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). This work includes biomass equations and protocols for easy and accurate assessment of the carbon sequestration potential of agroforestry plantings; inventory approaches for these trees-outside-forests; sampling protocols for capturing greenhouse gas dynamics in these spatially and temporally complex systems; and the potential of these systems to provide added adaptive capacity to agricultural operations and lands under uncertain weather and climate. These efforts are being accomplished through key collaborations with university and federal agency researchers, as well as with federal and nongovertmental organizations working to help build more resislient working lands.

Past Research

My research interests have always centered the health and long-term productivity of managed ecosystems - be they forests or agricultural fields. Starting from the ground up, my early research efforts focused on understanding managment impacts on the belowground components. When I began my Forest Service R&D career, this focus was shifted to understanding the impacts of man's activities in terms of atmospheric pollutants on plant health, with a move to then studying aboveground impacts as a means to more easily and quickly assess impacts on tree health. My research direction over time grew to include trying to understand the many functions influenced by plants in intensively managed systems with the goal to build plant-based strategies that can help us derive the many services we depend on and demand from private working landscapes.

Education

B.S.in Ecosystem Analysis
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
M.S.in Forest Science/Forest Soils
Oregon State Universtiy
Ph.D.in Forestry/Forest Soils
North Carolina State University

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Publications

Research Highlights

Biomass Equations for Agroforestry's Working Trees (2014)
WO-2014-127 A collaboration between the Forest Service and the University of Nebraska is providing a basis for determining the most efficient and accurate way to account for the immense carbon (C) contributions made by agroforestry's Working Trees. One of the first such efforts in the United States, this project will help landowners to participate in voluntary reporting and future C markets.
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