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20 posts from January 2013


Amazon Forests and the Global Carbon Cycle

ESD’s Jeffrey Chambers and his international team have devised ways of detecting forest mortality patterns, in an attempt to determine the role of forests in carbon sequestration and the impact of climate change on such patterns.


Transporting ESD’s Safety Culture

Former ESD scientist David Singer has set up safety guidelines (at his new job at Kent State) based on ESD safety practices, adopting the approach of creating a lab-specific safety primer on particular hazards.

Future Biofuels initiative from the California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has an annual program budget of approximately $100 million to support projects.

ESD “Detectives” Probe Mysterious Microbes

ESD’s scientists Hoi-Ying Holman, Gary Andersen, and Susan Hubbard are all prominently featured in a recent LBNL news release on unusual bacteria and their impact on the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill (and bioremediation in general).


Call for Proposals for FY2014 LDRDs

Director Alivisatos recently issued the call for proposals for the FY2014 Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program. All scientific staff from our Division are encouraged to think of potential innovative proposal topics.



ESTCP released a solicitation on January 10, 2013, requesting proposals for demonstrations of environmental technologies. If you are interested in submitting a pre-proposal, please notify both Susan Hubbard and Lisa Kelly of your intent by February 15th. Pre-proposals are due on March 14th, 2013.


DSSS: Taking the Fingerprints of Global Sea Level Change

ESD welcomes Jerry X. Mitrovica (Harvard University), presenting "Taking the Fingerprints of Global Sea Level Change" January 25 at 10:30am in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


Earth Scientists Talk Microbes and EBI

ESD’s Susan Hubbard, John Coates, and Gary Andersen talk about the role of microbes in our energy future and the role of the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) in a pair of short videos posted by the Medill News Service.


ESD at AGU: A Zone of Constant Activity

The AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco last month (December 2012) was a great success, especially for LBNL’s Earth Sciences Division and our homebase at the site, the ESD booth—a zone of constant activity.


ESD Dives into Permafrost Soil

ESD scientists led by Susan Hubbard are exploring the little-known world of permafrost soils, which store almost as much carbon as the rest of the world’s soils and about twice as much as is in the atmosphere.