Having a great time at the Rhizosphere 5 conference in Saskatoon, Canada! It's amazing to join this scientific community, connect with so many great researchers, and hear keynotes from people who's work I've been following for years. Plus, there is plenty of fun to be had, including the graduate student social, touring the Canadian Light Source, and dancing at the Gala Dinner Tuesday! I love a dance floor full of scientists.
I presented a poster on arsenic mobilization in the P. vittata rhizosphere, where I used a soil column study and synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy to show that adding phosphorus to soil releases arsenic through ion exchange, but does not increase arsenic uptake in the fern. Instead, we see more leaching of arsenic from soil. Looking forward to the rest of the conference!
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Sarick Matzen completed his PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management department at University of California, Berkeley in 2020. He is now a postdoc in the Soil, Water, and Climate Department at the University of Minnesota working on iron cycling in marine systems.