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12/10/2014

Students for ESD-Led Global Food Initiative

Source: LBNL TABL, and Dan Hawkes

Food_init_nico_etalAs part of the UC Global Food Initiative—a research project headed by ESD’s Geochemistry Department Head Peter Nico—three graduate students have been selected to receive $2,500 research fellowships. Each of the students (one from UC Berkeley and two from UC Davis) will work with a Berkeley Lab mentor (one of which is ESD climate scientist Andy Jones) on a project that aligns with a Lab initiative in predictive agriculture.

The fellowships are the initial effort of a project under the Global Food Initiative focused on mining existing data to understand the impacts of changing climate on California agriculture. These Global Food Initiative efforts are part of the Lab’s Predictive Agriculture Initiative, a collaboration with UC Davis to develop new scientific approaches to increase food production while simultaneously decreasing inputs of water and fertilizers.

Nico serves as the Berkeley Lab lead for both the Global Food Initative and the Predictive Agriculture efforts. Jones will work with Kripa Akila Jagannathan, a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, to investigate if climate model outputs are aligned with farmer’s information needs.

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