Duke’s biggest, oldest laboratory—past, present and future

Daniel Richter, usually soft-spoken, becomes animated when talking about the history of the soil that lies beneath our feet. For more than 30 years, Richter has studied the interactions between young Piedmont forests and the soils that sustain them. Though he now conducts most of his research at the Clemson Experimental Forest in South Carolina—a location whose history and ecology parallels that of the Duke Forest—his studies are “built directly on the work of Coile, Korstian, Peet and Christ
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