M. Francesca Cotrufo


I am a soil ecologist with leading experience in the field of litter decomposition and soil organic matter C and N dynamics, and in the use of isotopic methodologies in these studies.

My main research interest is in the understanding of C and N fluxes from plants and pyrogenic organic matter to soil, water and the atmosphere, and their response and feedback to global environmental changes.

I also pursue applied research to propose soil management practices that increase soil quality and fertility and mitigate climate change, as for example the study of biochar in soils.

As a scientist fully aware of the current and future challenges expecting humanity, I am interested in promoting research education, and outreach activities, aside from my specific area of expertise, to help mitigating the current human impacts on the Earth System and assure a better sustainable path for humanity.

Cotrufo’s Research Program Informational Brochure


Professor of Soil Ecology

Dept. of Soil and Crop Science

Senior Scientist

Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Colorado State University

Tel. +1 970 491 6056

Fax. +1 970 4911965


Faculty Director

EcoCore Analytical Services

Subject Editor

Global Change Biology