ESD’s Jeffrey Chambers and his international team have devised ways of detecting forest mortality patterns, in an attempt to determine the role of forests in carbon sequestration and the impact of climate change on such patterns.
ESD’s scientists Hoi-Ying Holman, Gary Andersen, and Susan Hubbard are all prominently featured in a recent LBNL news release on unusual bacteria and their impact on the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill (and bioremediation in general).
ESD’s Susan Hubbard, John Coates, and Gary Andersen talk about the role of microbes in our energy future and the role of the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) in a pair of short videos posted by the Medill News Service.
ESD scientists led by Susan Hubbard are exploring the little-known world of permafrost soils, which store almost as much carbon as the rest of the world’s soils and about twice as much as is in the atmosphere.
ESD’s Geologic Carbon Sequestration (GCS) Program website now features a searchable map of all the current, past, and future (planned) geologic carbon sequestration projects in the world today.
ESD scientist Bill Dietrich explores the possibility of past life on Mars, noting that debris flows on Earth are able to carry boulders—as well as logs, cars, and even buildings—for very long distances. Martian gullies also culminate in lobe-like fans of eroded material, which are characteristic of debris-flow gullies on Earth.
ESD’s Margaret Torn, working closely with CRD’s Deb Agarwal, will be spearheading the AmeriFlux project, which seeks to make ecosystem data gathered at 120 locations across the Americas accessible to a wide range of researchers.
Jill Banfield, Ken Williams and Phil Long of ESD are coauthors of a recent Science article describing the activity of subsurface microorganisms—a study that could improve models describing the mobility of redox metals such as uranium.
Scientists working on the Curiosity rover mission as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory project, including ESD’s William Dietrich, discuss the Mars rover’s discovery of a stream bed for NBC 4 television in Los Angeles.
ESD’s Ben Gilbert recently led a group of scientists to the first direct observations of electron hopping in rust particles—a phenomenon that holds significance for a broad range of environment- and energy-related applications..