Theme: Student Learning

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Student Learning.

Preparing for an Academic Career WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Barn Auditorium

Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College
Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College
Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University
Jessica Oster, Vanderbilt University

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This workshop is designed specifically for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and others who are interested in pursuing academic careers in the geosciences. Workshop leaders from a variety of institution ...
Designing Effective Lessons for your First Geoscience Course WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 221

Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island
Reginald Archer, Tennessee State University
Brendan Hanger, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

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Participants will begin with the big picture of establishing course goals for introductory science courses and then narrow the focus to determine learning outcomes for select individual lessons. Participants will ...
Integrated Environmental Systems at TSU Farm WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Farm: 31

William Sutton, Tennessee State University
Tom Byl, US Geological Survey
Steven Goodbred, Vanderbilt University

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This workshop presents educators at all levels with activities and lessons to help incorporate nature into their classes. The TSU campus farm and wetlands provide important ecosystem services and avail magnificent ...
Heads and Chairs: Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 13

Sharon Mosher, The University of Texas at Austin
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida
Ginny Peterson, Grand Valley State University
Sara Harris, University of British Columbia

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This workshop is intended to help department heads, chairs, and undergraduate program directors with addressing challenges in their curricula and/or degree programs aimed at better preparing their students for ...
How to Create your Own Open Educational Resources: Examples from Analytical Methods in Geosciences (AMiGEO) AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 222

Elizabeth Johnson, James Madison University
Juhong Liu, James Madison University

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This workshop is for anyone interested in learning how to develop and publish open educational resources. Analytical Methods in Geosciences (AMiGEO) is an NSF-funded project to develop undergraduate-level, online, ...
A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Short Videos for Geoscience Courses AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Lawson: 110

David McConnell, North Carolina State University

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A few years ago, we began creating short instructional videos for an introductory geoscience course. While we had little prior experience in making videos, previous research provided us with some principles for ...
Teaching & Perpetuating Earth Stewardship Education AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Lawson: 112

John Warford, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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Earth Stewardship - our deliberate and continuous effort to fulfill our sacred obligations and duties to the realm that makes Life itself possible - Mother Earth. The teaching of Earth Stewardship is needed now ...
Beyond the 3 Dimensions: Integrating Identity and Interest in NGSS Geoscience Investigations ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:30pm

Susan Meabh Kelly, Connecticut State Department of Education

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A Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012) outlines research-informed ways to support more equitable engagement in science learning. This research suggests students should have ...
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity in K-8 Science: The NGSS and Science Textbooks ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:45pm

Kim Cheek, University of North Florida

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An accurate conception of scale is important in all science disciplines, perhaps none more so than geoscience. While some geoscience processes and events occur at spatial, temporal, and numeric scales perceivable ...
Model-Based Teaching and Learning about Earth's Climate: Two Secondary Teachers' Implementation of a Curriculum Unit ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:00pm

Kimberly Carroll Steward, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Devarati Bhattacharya, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Mark Chandler, Columbia University in the City of New York

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The Next Generation Science Standards (Next Generation Science Standards Lead States, 2013) and the Essential Principles for Climate Literacy (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2009) have helped ...
High Water Rising: Science, Literature, and the Environment ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:45pm

Benjamin Atkinson, Flagler College
Hadley Mozer, Flagler College

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Flagler College is located on the Atlantic coast of the Florida peninsula, in the heart of historic St. Augustine, "America's Oldest City." Campus is just a five-minute walk from the Matanzas River ...
The High Impact Practice of Undergraduate Research associated with a Two-Year Water Quality Monitoring Project in Northeast Florida ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:00pm

Matthew Brown, Flagler College

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As coastal populations and coastal development pressure increase, it is critical that coastal waters are monitored for potential changes in water quality due to any excavation or sediment removal project. In Spring ...
No Outcrop, No Problem: Telling Time on an Urban Campus SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Christy Visaggi, Georgia State University

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Principles of relative and absolute age dating can be challenging for students to visualize in how they apply to a sequence of rocks, particularly on a urban campus lacking outcrops. To better engage students in ...
Flood Management Plan SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Karen Helgers, Ulster County Community College

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In this exploration, students work in groups to develop a watershed-based plan to control flooding. Students are first given information about a historic downstream flood and then work together to develop multiple ...
Life Through Time: Interactive Time Line SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Molly Miller, Vanderbilt University
Krista Castillo, Metro Nashville Parks

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We have a color-coded timeline from the formation of the earth to the present at a scale of I inch = 20 million years. Colored zones include: 1) first life;, 2) first complex life; 3) Paleozoic; 4) time during ...
Off Base - Acidity of Oceans TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 2:50pm-3:10pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Cheryl Manning, Evergreen High School

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The teaching demonstration is intended to inspire student questions from which they can design an investigation regarding ocean's carbonate buffer system, how changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels may ...
Designing and Implementing a Multi-institution Field Program for 2YC and 4YC Students ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Tennessee State University

Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College

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Interested in offering extended field experiences for your introductory-level students? Is your institution interested in adding a greater diversity of field projects to its existing geology field camp? This ...
Teaching Geoscience in Laboratory Settings ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Vanderbilt University

Mark Schmitz, Boise State University

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The geosciences utilize a wide array of instrumental and analytical tools and technology to identify, quantify and explore Earth materials, and test hypotheses using their physical and chemical properties. The ...
Developing Spatial Thinking Skills ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Tennessee State University

Reginald Archer, Tennessee State University
Solomon Haile, Tennessee State University
Mark Abolins, earthsiteAGS.com
Clement Akumu, Tennessee State University

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This roundtable will explore ways to improve teaching and learning spatial thinking skills. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and discuss innovative ways to incorporate spatial thinking in the ...
Implicit Bias ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Tennessee State University

Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University

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Implicit bias describes when we have attitudes towards people or associate stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge. Cognitive science research shows that everyone has implicit biases, sometimes in ...
Physical Geology Lab Resource Online –Mineral Identification TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 3:10pm-3:30pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Scott Brande, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Digital media of minerals and rocks are increasingly available in online environments. However, the mere availability of these resources does not address a number of critical pedagogical issues: Are the resources ...
Where in the World is Vladimir Koppen? TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 3:50pm-4:10pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Wendy Robertson, Central Michigan University
Daria Kluver, Central Michigan University

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Where in the World is Vladimir Koppen? is a board game designed for college-level introduction to the Koppen Climate Classification System. The activity is designed to work in groups of 4-12, with students ...
We're All In This Together: Community science for learning and action PLENARY TALK
Tuesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Barn Auditorium

Rajul Pandya, AGU

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Science is awesome, especially Earth Science. We've figured out how moving continents create our highest mountain ranges and form our deepest ocean trenches. We know how thunderstorms form, and why some of ...
Telling a New Climate Story — Giving Students a Positive Voice in the Age of Science Denialism AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 222

Cheryl Manning, Evergreen High School

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Forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and famine are challenging problems. It doesn't help that the "grown-ups" running our country can't seem to agree on anything. For any individual, it seems like ...
Context matters: Designing data-rich geodesy teaching materials that get used POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Kristin O'Connell, Carleton College
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College
Bruce Douglas, Indiana University-Bloomington
Benjamin Crosby, Idaho State University
Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO

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GETSI (Geodesy Tools for Societal Issues) project is developing modules that allow undergraduate students to engage in geodetic data analysis relevant to societally important topics of natural hazards, water ...
The Earth Geological Timescale: New Approaches POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Alan Capelle, Madison Area Technical College

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Conveying the essence of deep geologic time has always presented challenges to K-12, and college earth science instructors alike. In this session, Alan will illustrate a variety of media that can be used to cement ...
An on-line "Rare Earth Elements and Sustainability" module for introductory university geoscience courses POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Mark Abolins, earthsiteAGS.com

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The on-line "Rare Earth Elements and Sustainability" module is designed for use in introductory university environmental science, sustainability, earth science, and physical geography courses. The module ...
Geoscience Literacy and Career Interest Improve Among Two-Year College Students Learning with InTeGrate Materials POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman, Pasadena City College
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College

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InTeGrate classroom materials are designed to strengthen earth science literacy of undergraduate students as well as increase the number of earth science majors who can address critical environmental and resource ...
A phenomenon based climate science curriculum for middle-school classrooms: Harmful Algal Blooms, Society, and Climate Change POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Angela Boysen, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Christine Baker, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Isaiah Bolden, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Robin McLachlan, University of Washington-Seattle Campus

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Climate change and its many repercussions are complex yet important topics where early exposure would clearly benefit students' education. Evidence suggests that using curriculum grounded in real world ...
Making geodesy accessible and relevant: Educator and student resources for enhancing learning about geosciences and geodesy POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Beth Bartel, UNAVCO
Andria (Andi) Ellis, UNAVCO
Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
Kelsey Russo-Nixon, UNAVCO

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Geodesy is the study of Earth's shape, gravity field, and rotation. Geodetic applications and data are used to understand many societal issues such as land surface change, drought monitoring, climate change, ...
Ocean Infographic Assignment for Data Literacy and Science Outreach POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Amy Weislogel, West Virginia University

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Students in a 200-level Physical Oceanograpy course at West Virginia University designed an infographic to reflect personal exploration and interaction with concepts related to the course. The course has no ...
Assessing Student Learning with E-Portfolios in the Department of Geosciences at Middle Tennessee State University POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Melissa Lobegeier, Middle Tennessee State University
Jeremy Aber, Middle Tennessee State University
Warner Cribb, Middle Tennessee State University

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The use of e-portfolios has been growing in popularity in recent years. E-portfolios are digital portfolios used to display an online collection of digital artifacts such as documents, images, and videos. They are ...
STEM Virtual Field Trips of the 21st Century: A Systematic Literature Review POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Christopher Krause, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Georgina Anderson, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Danielle Jackson, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Virtual field trips (VFTs) are multimedia presentations that bring experiences of distant places to learners via a computer, mimicking what learners might experience at a physical site. VFTs can allow students ...
The Loooong Walk: Revisiting a First Day Gallery Walk on the Last Day of Class POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Fred Marton, Bergen Community College

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Last year, I presented a first day ice-breaker activity for my intro courses, a gallery walk to get students to start thinking about science and science education by answering the questions "Why take this ...
Measuring and Increasing the Level of Inquiry in Science Laboratory Activities WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 13

Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Jason Jones, North Carolina State University

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Commercially available lab manuals for introductory science courses are often devoid of authentic inquiry opportunities for learners (Buck et al., 2008). Inquiry-based activities have been empirically-shown to ...
Marine Geology Using GEODE WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Lawson 012

Kristen St. John, James Madison University
Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College

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Marine sediments and the geology of the ocean basins are important content topics in all oceanography courses. However these can be "dry" topics to teach, and may be difficult for students to appreciate. ...
Creating and Integrating Meaningful Virtual & Augmented Reality Content for Geoscience Classes WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 222

Ryan Hollister, Turlock Unified School District

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Learn the tips and tricks needed to create and facilitate an engaging, story-driven Immersive Virtual Field Experience (IVFE) that can be utilized by all students on nearly any device. Participants will briefly ...
Adapting Active Learning Strategies in Your Courses WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 327

Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico
David McConnell, North Carolina State University

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Research in STEM disciplines has revealed that empirically validated instructional practices that can contribute to improvements in student learning and a reduction in attrition. We will outline a series of ...
Connect with Students by Leveraging Phenomena and Incorporating Modeling into the K-12 Earth Science Classroom WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 103

Kim Kotowski, Wilson County Schools

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For ALL Earth Science teachers! Participants will learn to leverage scientific phenomena and align them to appropriate standards (NGSS with connections to TN science standards and others) We will use anchoring ...
Undergraduate Writing Assignments on the Nature of Science using the NSF-funded "The Story Behind the Science" ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Carrie Wright-Tyler, University of Southern Indiana

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Scientifically literate citizens are able to actively participate and make decisions in the discourse of science in a global society dealing with scientific issues such as climate change because they have ...
Earth Observatory for Kids: Communicating Earth Science in a hands-on approach to Our Young Earthlings AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Lawson: 111

Tassia Owen, NASA Goddard

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NASA's Earth Observatory, launched a free online publication aimed at communicating real Earth science data to diverse young adults. Publications showcase global issues, increasing young adult's awareness ...
Successes and Challenges of Using Social Media in Teaching and Learning AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 222

Alison Jolley, University of British Columbia

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Our students are increasingly connected and engaged with various social media platforms, e.g., Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook. How can we leverage this to build motivation and facilitate learning of earth ...
Addressing Bias in Teaching AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 13

Blair Schneider, University of Kansas Main Campus

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Unconscious biases can impact the way we teach – from our interactions in the classroom to how we grade assignments or exams. And it isn't just our own personal biases that affect our teaching – each of ...
Spicing Up Your Assessments: Moving beyond exams AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 103

Larry Collins, Washington State University-Vancouver
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Are you completely satisfied with your formative and summative assessments? If so, this workshop is not for you. This workshop will focus on how to develop and implement performance-based assessments in your ...
Experiences and Perceptions of the iClicker Cloud Classroom Response System in a Large, Introductory Geoscience Course ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:45pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Sean Bryan, Colorado State University

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Classroom response systems provide a method of increasing engagement, facilitating active learning, and allowing formative assessment in large courses. Our introductory physical geology course at Colorado State ...
Developing a Perpetual Course Model ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:00pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Mary Armour, york university
Michelle Senagara, York University Toronto Canada

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Online courses allow greater flexibility for students in how courses are delivered. This is a major reason students take these courses. Presented here are the first year instructor experience and student feedback ...
Understanding the Effectiveness of the AR Sandbox through Student Experiences ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:00pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Elijah Johnson, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus

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Spatial reasoning ability is a crucial skill necessary for success in any of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) domains. Research suggests that the base level of spatial thinking ability ...
Challenges in making meaning from Ground Motion Visualizations: The role of geoscience knowledge in interpreting dynamic spatiotemporal patterns ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:15pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Mike Brudzinski, Miami University-Oxford
Allison Jaeger, Temple University
Tim Shipley, Temple University

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The USArray Ground Motion Visualization (GMV) is an IRIS video product that illustrates seismic waves traveling away from an earthquake by depicting seismometers as symbols that vary in color according to recorded ...
Science and You assignment- using the search for evidence behind personal decisions as a parallel to the scientific method ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:45pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Laura Rosales Lagarde, Nevada State College at Henderson
Bre Tavernini, Nevada State College at Henderson

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Self-reflection and Science are not commonly associated. Neuroscience and psychology studies have found that self-reflection is a hard task for the brain to do naturally (Herwig et al., 2012). Because the ...
Using Student Drawings of Biogeochemical Cycles to Explore Systems Thinking Abilities ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:45pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Nicholas Soltis, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus
Quinlan Swain, Auburn University Main Campus

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Biogeochemical cycles are the fundamental component connecting all parts of the Earth system. Cycling of elements like carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus involves multiple fluxes and reservoirs through all components ...