Soils Lab

Jorge Hoyos Santillán

Jorge Hoyos Santillán


BEng Biochemical Engineering (ITVER, Mexico) (2005)
MSc in Biotechnology and Bioengineering (Cinvestav-IPN, Mexico) (2008)
Graduate student – PhD in Environmental Sciences (University of Nottingham, UK)

My research is focused a biogeochemical cycles and tropical wetlands. This involves the study of greenhouse gases emissions (e.g., CO2, CH4 and N2O) and long and short term organic matter accumulation and decomposition processes. The interdisciplinary nature of biogeochemistry has allowed me to explore different related fields such as paleoecology and geology. I conduct fieldwork in the Bocas del Toro province peatlands under the supervision of Dr. Sofie Sjögersten and Dr. Ben Turner of STRI to address questions such as:

  1. How does the chemical composition of tropical peat vary thorugh the stratigraphic profile.
  2. Which factors determine organic matter decompositions in tropical peatlands?.
  3. How and when/were tropical peatlands were formed? This involves collaboration with paleoecologists and paleontologist (14C dating, fossil pollen or fossil sponge spicules analysis).
  4. Is there a phasic community driven pattern for greenhouse gases emissions in peatlands. If so, is it related to nutrient availability, a water table fluctuation, etc.?

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