Temperature response of soil respiration largely unaltered by experimental warming - Carey et al. now out in PNAS
I'm proud to announce that Joanna Carey (my lab mate, house-mate in Woods Hole, good friend, and now co-author, had her massive meta-synthesis published in PNAS this week. This work is a large effort with over 20+ co-authors who all contributed either analytical and writing input and/or raw data from multiple field sites.
Collectively the data show that experimental warming experiments, regardless of the duration of the experiment or the type of experiment (infrared heating, passive warming, buried cables, etc), does not significantly alter the temperature response of soil respiration in many ecosystem types. This implies that under future, warmer climates, soil respiration will likely show a similar response to current ambient temperatures - neither acclimated or enhanced. While respiration still generally increases with temperature, the degree of increase is unchanged under experimental warming. This is a great contribution to the literature, and a huge team effort led by Joanna.
The paper can be found here: