Peter Baas's research is at the Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory.

Peter's current research project focuses on the effects on intensifying
anthropogenic land-use change in the southern Appalachian Mountains on
riparian soil nitrogen cycling and greenhouse gas emissions. The
southern Appalachian Mountains have been going through suffering from
a large increase in amenity focused residential development for the
surrounding metropolitan areas. The southern Appalachian Mountains are
considered the “water tower” of the southeastern US. Riparian zones
are well recognized to form the buffer between the terrestrial and
aquatic biome.  Therefore, it is important to know whether water
quality can be maintained with this current surge in land-use
intensification. My research focuses on shifts in nitrogen cycling
(nitrification and denitrification) and greenhouse gas emissions (N2O,
CO2, CH4) with land-use change. In addition, I am hoping to unravel
how soil moisture temperature and soil carbon quality controls process
rates and emission levels. How riparian soil nutrient cycling responds
to land-use intensification is important for understanding its impacts
on future water quality and climate change.

Staion Website