Global Climate Impacts of Oil Palm Expansion in Indonesian Peat

Deborah Lawrence, Professor of Environmental Science, will include an undergraduate student in an ongoing research project between UVa and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) to investigate how land use change affects carbon storage in Indonesian peatlands. Large scale changes in land use serve to impact global climate because oil palm is one of the top two drivers of deforestation globally. The undergraduate student will contribute to developing knowledge about the bio-geochemical parameters influencing carbon emissions from peat soils through a combination of analysis of previously gathered data and conducting new field measurements and laboratory experiments in Indonesia during Summer 2015.