Otgonsuren Avirmed is a Ph.D. student at the University of Wyoming. As a recipient of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, she studies soil organic matter dynamics and recovery in the old oil gas well pads.
Grassland ecosystems cover around 30% of the earth’s terrestrial area and store most of their carbon in soils. Small changes in this pool of carbon can potentially have a significant influence on an overall ecosystem carbon cycle and atmosphere Carbon Dioxide (CO2) concentration. Different disturbances affect soil organic matter and significantly reduce it. Otgonsuren utilizes both a c6hronosequence approach and comparison to undisturbed conditions to document recovery of the soil organic matter and estimate how much carbon has stored in soils.
Otgonsuren is from Mongolia, a country in which semi-arid grasslands span large areas, where she has been involved in soil carbon cycle studies for the past eight years. These experiences provided opportunities to work with well-known scientists in her area and present research in the graduate student meeting of Long Term Ecological Network (LTER).
In addition to her research interests, Otgonsuren enjoys camping and spending time with her daughter, Ugoo.