Ben Gilbert will assume the position of Program Lead for ESD’s Fundamental Geosciences Program, an appointment that Ernie Majer has held since 1994.
Highlighted on the new Microbes to Biomes Website is the ESD-led project involving harnessing the soil microbiome for food and fuel security, with ESD’s Eoin Brodie and Peter Nico as primary investigators.
As 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.
Alexander Probst and Jillian Banfield were part of a group of scientists that documented the ecology and physiology of a novel uncultivated archaeon that may be key to the subsurface carbon cycle.
The U.C. Global Food Initiative, extensively supported by ESD environmental and climate programs within Berkeley Lab, is inviting applications for a student fellowship opportunity. Applications are due October 1, 2014.
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.”
A team including ESD’s Sergi Molins and Carl Steefel was awarded 50 million hours at NERSC to further develop its novel simulation of pore-scale flow and reactive transport with unprecedented spatial resolution and process fidelity.
Having been selected for a new round of EFRC funding, NCGC is focused on producing robust predictive models for subsurface carbon dioxide trapping processes across scales.
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.