Eoin Brodie and Boris Faybishenko recently co-chaired the first Complex Soil Systems Conference in downtown Berkeley. This flagship conference, strove to develop “A Path to Improved Understanding of Complex Soil Systems.”
ESD’s Jinyun Tang received honorable mention for the Gene E. Likens Junior Scientist (early-career) Outstanding Publication award, for a paper that Tang recently wrote in collaboration with ESD colleague Bill Riley.
Nigel Quinn integrates polo and hydrology into a busy life—leading the Lab’s Hydroecological Engineering Advanced Decision Support research group, and serving as a water resources expert and for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
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.
ESD’s Phil Long and UC Berkeley professor Kai Vetter both offered reassuring words to those who are worried about local beaches accruing radioactive material as a result of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Ken Williams recently custom-generated snow at DOE’s Rifle, CO, site, as part of an effort to measure the level of snowmelt infiltration into soil and groundwater at the site.
ESD geophysicists are working with the Sonoma County Water Agency to investigate the influence of an old jetty on hydrological processes and fish habitat near the mouth of the Russian River.
Scientists from LANL visited Berkeley Lab in late February 2014 to work with ESD scientists Yuxin Wu, Craig Ulrich, Tim Kneafsey, and Catherine McKnight on Arctic soil cores collected at the NGEE Barrow, Alaska, site.
A recent article written by a group of UC scientists (Rose Kantor as lead author), and overseen by ESD’s Jillian Banfield, was honored by the journal mBio as an “editor’s pick” for the journal’s October-November 2013 issue.
Jens Birkholzer has been named as the new ESD Division Deputy. As announced by ESD's Director Susan Hubbard, Jens will have an expanded role in developing a variety of subsurface energy related opportunities at Berkeley Lab.