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14 posts from April 2014


DSSS: Why Changing Color Matters to Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

ESD welcomes Dr. Dianne Newman (Caltech), presenting "DSSS: Why Changing Color Matters to Pseudomonas Aeruginosa" May 9 at 10:30am in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


Seedling Germination Marks Ecosystem Boundaries

Cristina Castanha and others quantified conifer seedling recruitment at Niwot Ridge, CO, to find whether local adaptation influenced forest ecosystem boundaries. Their results suggest that survival through the first few weeks is critical.

Inez Fung Elected to AAAS

ESD’s Inez Fung was recently elected to membership in the highly prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The AAAS is made up of leaders in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, business, and public affairs.


Eoin Brodie a Visiting Professor in The Netherlands

ESD microbiologist Eoin Brodie was recently chosen to be part of the Visiting Professors Programme at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. While there, he will engage in modeling studies as well as give several lectures.


How Habitable Was Mars?

Commenting on an article in BBC News Science and Environment this past week, ESD’s and UC Berkeley’s Michael Manga suggests that the key to life on ancient Mars would be the existence of liquid water.

Isotope Modeling as Bioremediation Tool

Jennifer Druhan and others incorporated the stable isotopes of sulfur within a reactive-transfer code to model the range of microbially mediated redox processes affecting isotope fractionation—potentially important for bioremediation.


“Hang Out” with ESD Scientists!

Join ESD scientists Craig Ulrich, Tim Kneafsey, Yuxin Wu, Romy Chakraborty, and Neslihan Tas on April 24 for the Berkeley Lab “Hangout on Air.”


ESD Tackles Tropical Forest C Balance

ESD’s Alan DiVittorio and others used an empirical tree-growth model to show that a power law distribution of event size is required to generate spatial clustering of mortality that is consistent with forest gap observations.


Christensen Wins “Humorous Image” Award

ESD’s John Christensen was one of the winners of this past month’s (March 2014) LBNL Photo Club award (for “Humorous Image”).

LBNL Earth Day, Water Action Plan Volunteers?

Sustainable Berkeley Lab, LBNL’s in-house sustainability organization, is looking for volunteers on or around Earth Day (April 22, 2014).