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05/21/2014

Optimized Geothermometry for Geothermal Exploration

ESD’s Loic Peiffer recently led a team of ESD scientists in exploring a new geothermometry approach as a tool for inferring geothermal reservoir temperatures (the key in evaluating how productive a geothermal source could be).

Integrated Solute Geothermometry

Team of ESD geochemists revisits the mineral saturation index geothermometry method with the objective of simplifying its application and improving predictions of geothermal reservoir temperatures using numerical optimization.

05/09/2014

Quinn Seeks Goals in Polo and Hydrology

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.

ESD Reaching Out to High School Students

This past April, ESD climate scientists Jennifer Holm and Dipankar Dwivedi were part of a group of researchers across Berkeley Lab acting as mentors to 12 junior class members from Albany High School—as part of the school’s Job Shadow Day.

05/08/2014

Biofuels: Increasing Bacterial Fatty Acids

Harry Beller and others recently found homologs of Escherichia coli FabG, an essential reductase involved in fatty acid biosynthesis, in work that could serve as a starting point for microbial production of fatty acid-derived biofuels.

ESD Scientists Participate in “Above the Arctic Circle” Google Hangout

Last week, several ESD scientists participated in a live Hangout from above the Arctic Circle in Alaska and at Berkeley Lab.

04/30/2014

DSSS: Why Changing Color Matters to Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

ESD welcomes Dr. Dianne Newman (Caltech), presenting "DSSS: Why Changing Color Matters to Pseudomonas Aeruginosa" May 9 at 10:30am in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.

04/29/2014

Seedling Germination Marks Ecosystem Boundaries

Cristina Castanha and others quantified conifer seedling recruitment at Niwot Ridge, CO, to find whether local adaptation influenced forest ecosystem boundaries. Their results suggest that survival through the first few weeks is critical.

Inez Fung Elected to AAAS

ESD’s Inez Fung was recently elected to membership in the highly prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The AAAS is made up of leaders in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, business, and public affairs.

04/24/2014

Eoin Brodie a Visiting Professor in The Netherlands

ESD microbiologist Eoin Brodie was recently chosen to be part of the Visiting Professors Programme at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. While there, he will engage in modeling studies as well as give several lectures.