Evaluating the resilience of soils in Andean ecosystems

Figure 1. Study area, Serrania Las Quinchas, Puerto Pinzón, Puerto Boyacá, Boyacá, Colombia. The area chosen in yellow contains nine triangles (yellow, pink and green) indicating forest plots at different successional stages. Three yellow circles show plots with pastures associates to trees.

The BioResilience soil field team is currently led by Dr Carmen Montes, Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia UNAD de Colombia, in collaboration with Dr Julieth Serrano and Dr Ted Feldpausch. Dr Montes went to the field to sample soil at 12 plots at La Serrania de las Quinchas  (Puerto Pinzón, Puerto Boyacá, Boyacá, Colombia). This region on the western flank of the Andes Eastern range mountain has elevations between 250 m to 1500 m a.s.l. (Figure 1). The average temperature is 27 °C in the low zones and  23 °C in the high mountain. Relative air humidity varies between 79% and 88% (Ovalle-Pacheco, Camacho-Rozo, & Arroyo,2019).

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