ESD Organizational Changes
The Earth Sciences Division (ESD) continues to enhance its organization with the following changes: Jens Birkholzer was appointed as the new Program Head for Nuclear Waste in the middle of March to transition leadership from former Program Head Yvonne Tsang before her retirement from LBNL. An immediate and noticeable change to the Program will be its name, which now will be known as Nuclear Energy and Waste. This change reflects the Program's expanded scope with increasing focus on next-generation nuclear energy and advanced fuel cycle research. Vassiliki (Vivi) Fissekidou was named as the ESD Safety Coordinator back in November 2007. The ESD Health and Safety Program continues to support the Division Director and the Division by strengthening the ES&H practices with continued membership and participation by the ESD Staff. Here is a summary of our organization and their respective Department or Program Head:
The ESD Departments are aligned with the various scientific disciplines and consist of personnel whose core capabilities or expertise are mapped to an array of research areas in support of the ESD Programs. It is the role of the Department to provide the personnel resources needed to conduct the work as needed by a specific project within a given Program. Due to the crosscutting nature of the staff's expertise, where personnel may support multiple Programs, this alignment by Department enables the Division to address various operations functions, such as Safety Line Management.
- Climate Science, Bill Collins
- Ecology, Terry Hazen
- Geochemistry, Mark Conrad
- Geophysics, Jim Berryman
- Hydrogeology, Stefan Finsterle
It is the role of the Program to develop a long-term scientific agenda and purpose and ensuring its alignment with LBNL and ESD's mission and purpose. The Programs work with the Departments to match the disciplinary capabilities to the needs of the appropriate funding agency and to address the many research challenges we face today.