Dr. Eldor Paul, Senior Research Scientist/Scholar, Natural Recourse Ecology Laboratory and Professor of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University obtained BSc. and MSc. degrees in Soil Science from the University of Alberta and a PhD. in Soil Microbiology from the University of Minnesota. He has had teaching-research –administrative positions at the University of Saskatchewan, University of California Berkeley and Michigan State University. His research focuses on the dynamics of soil organic matter and the microbial ecology of soil organisms. This has involved the use of tracers, such as 14C, 13C, and 15N, as well as molecular techniques for soil organic matter characterization and microbial growth-diversity studies. These have involved native and managed forests and grasslands in many North American sites with emphasis on ecosystem stability, soil–fertility–nutrient cycling and global change. His numerous scientific publications and awards include three published editions of Soil Microbiology, Ecology, and Biochemistry with the fourth edition now in preparation as Managing Editor.
Role(s) in BANR: The work in BANR will involve characterization of soil organic matter-microbial interactions relative to sustainability and carbon cycling. This will involve studies of the effects of insect damage, tree harvesting and industrial products produced on soil organic matter function and stability.