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05/21/2014

How Microbes Deal with Permafrost

In the May 12 (2014) issue of Nature Reviews Microbiology, Janet Jansson and Neslihan Tas explore the microbial ecology of permafrost, including some of the strategies microbes use to cope with frozen conditions, as well the influence of climate change.

Geothermal Team Applies New Approach

Three papers (Spycher et al., Peiffer et al., and Wanner et al.) by the same team of ESD geochemists are to appear in the July 2014 issue of Geothermics.

Numerical Model Assesses Nevada Geothermal Area

Christoph Wanner recently led a team of ESD scientists in developing a new reactive transport model of the Dixie Valley, Nevada, geothermal region, aiming to assess fluid flow pathways and fluid rock interaction processes at the site.

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.