ESD’s Gary Andersen and others are developing ways in which human waste compost can be turned into nutrient-rich fertilizer. By extracting DNA from compost and analyzing it, scientists ensure the compost is pathogen-free, and save water.
Phase I of the Sustainable Systems SFA 2.0, launching on October 1st, 2013, will be a study located at Rifle, CO to develop a predictive understanding of genome-through-watershed system biogeochemical responses to global change.
ESD's Bill Collins is part of a group of scientists (headed by LBNL's Michael Wehner) who find big changes in store for Earth's climate, in the latest IPCC report.
The convergence of world class computational (NERSC) and characterization (ALS) resources has made it possible for ESD scientists Sergi Molins, Carl Steefel, Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, and Li Yang together with CRD scientist David Trebotich to develop and apply Next Generation pore scale reactive transport models to the problem of geological CO2 injection and sequestration in the subsurface.
ESD’s Margaret Torn is featured on the KQED Quest website, in an article by noted science writer Jennifer Huber entitled “The Great Escape: How Soil Microbes Protect Us from Carbon Emissions.”
ESD’s Barbara Romanowicz and others have detected previously unknown channels of slow-moving seismic waves in Earth’s upper mantle, which help explain “hotspot volcanoes” that give birth to island chains such as Hawaii and Tahiti.
ESD’s Steve Singer has led the recent development of a promising technique to identify microbial enzymes that can effectively deconstruct biomass into fuel sugars—a technique that could accelerate biofuel commercialization.
Researchers led by Harry Beller (and including Steve Singer) of ESD have engineered a common soil bacterium, Ralstonia eutropha, to produce high-performance diesel fuel from carbon dioxide rather than from sugars in cellulosic biomass.
ESD Ernie Majer and Stefan Finsterle were recently quoted in the San Jose Mercury News regarding the potential link between geothermal energy exploration and earthquakes.
As part of LBNL Science Video Glossary series, ESD’s Tamas Torok defines the term “Tree of Life” and examines what we can learn from nature to improve how we live.