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Tree of Life Gets New Members

ESD’s Jill Banfield led a team that recently discovered many new groups or phyla of bacteria. The more than 35 new phyla equal in number all the plant and animal phyla combined. ESD’s Kenneth Williams was also involved in the research.


Ramirez Wins Silver Medal at HHMI

John Ramirez, who is being mentored by Tamas Torok of EES-ESD Division, won a silver medal for a poster he presented on the detection of riboswitches in mycobacterial viruses at a recent Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) conference.


Jizhong Zhou Wins E.O. Lawrence Award

Joe Zhou, a long-time affiliate of ESD’s Ecology Department and strong collaborator on many key projects (including ENIGMA related work), has just won the DOE 2014 Ernest Orland Lawrence Award, DOE’s highest scientific honor.


Characterizing Permafrost Microbes in a Changing Climate

In a paper published in Nature earlier in 2015, former ESD researchers Jenni Hultman and Janet Jansson, ESD affiliate Maude David, and others applied multiple molecular technologies (collectively referred to as “omics”) to characterize microbial activity in the Arctic permafrost. They sought to determine the composition of microbial communities within...


The Microbiome of Leaf-Nosed Bats

ESD ecologist Neslihan Taş was one of the leading authors of a recently published paper studying the relationship between different leaf-nosed bat feeding strategies and host microbiome composition.


Symphony of the Soil: 5/21, 11 a.m., 50 Auditorium

On Thursday, May 21, as part of the International Year of Soils and the Berkeley Lab Microbes-to-Biomes initiative, ESD is hosting a screening of the movie "Symphony of the Soil".


Bacteria as Biosensors of Environmental Damage

Eric Dubinsky was part of a team whose work, reported on in mBio (the online journal of the American Society for Microbiology), has shown the power of microbial communities to predict sources of contamination in the environment.


May 12: ESD-Wageningen Minisymposium

Please join the ESD-Ecology Department May 12, in welcoming the Wageningen University Microbiology and Systems Biology Groups (from The Netherlands), and participating in a mini-symposium at 8:30 am in the bldg. 66 Auditorium.

Energy Future: The Gut of an Insect?

ESD’s Javier Ceja-Navarro was featured this past week (May 7, 2015) in a video presentation within a Gizmodo article, on the potential of biofuel derived from insects—“a strange new future for agriculture and energy production.”


Good IDEAS on Virtual Terrestrial Ecosystems

ESD’s Carl Steefel, Eoin Brodie, and Charlie Koven, among others, collectively sought ways of applying new scientific computing capabilities to studies of Earth’s subsurface. One of the results was IDEAS.