Science Café Cleveland presents


"Soil: the surprising diversity under your feet"


MARCH 10, 2014




Jean H. Burns, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Case Western Reserve University




Colin Cope

Ph.D. Graduate Student, Case Western Reserve University

Colin Cope's research is on invasive earthworms, and their interactions with local communities (deer, soil microbiota, etc)




Soil is a lot more than just dirt. It harbors a complex ecological community that scientists are just now beginning to understand. Moreover, soil varies a great deal from one place to another, and its properties can change over time as the organisms that make up the soil community come and go or change in their abundance.


The characteristics of a soil and its ecological community are important for determining the types of plants that can grow in a particular area. The plants in a particular area, in turn, have major effects on the soil in which they grow by influencing soil chemistry and nutrients and the pathogens (detrimental organisms) and mutualists (beneficial organisms) found there. In return, these plant-induced changes can affect how well these and other plants are able to grow in the soil in the future.


At this month’s Science Café Cleveland, come hear Dr. Jean Burns of the Biology Department at Case Western Reserve University discuss her research on “Plant-Soil feedbacks” and how such feedback loops can affect plant invasions and coexistence in plant communities in northeast Ohio and beyond. You’re sure to learn something new about the diverse and mysterious world beneath your feet.




WHERE: The Market Garden Brewery

(Located at 1947 West 25th Street next to the West Side Market, Cleveland, Ohio)


WHEN: March 10, 2014

Discussion starts around 7:00 p.m.

*Please Note* A few of our cafes have approached capacity and/or standing room only. If you want to be 100% sure to get in and get a good seat, you might want to arrive a bit early.


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN

ideastream, and the Market Garden Brewery




Click here to download a pdf flyer of the event