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02/26/2015

Observing CO2 Effects at Earth’s Surface

ESD’s Dan Feldman, Bill Collins, and Margaret Torn recently observed carbon dioxide’s greenhouse effect at the Earth’s surface for the first time. Their work was published online this past week in Nature.

02/13/2015

Microbes to Biomes (M2B) Town Hall Feb. 20

On February 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium, ESD scientists (including Eoin Brodie, Peter Nico, Javier Ceja Navarro) and others will explore the M2B initiative and FY16 LDRD opportunities.

02/12/2015

Latest SFA 2.0 Video on Microorganisms

The third of three video productions related to the SFA 2.0 project describes the powerful influence of metabolic potential—the collective metabolic capabilities of subsurface microbial communities and their impact on ecosystems.

02/11/2015

Radke Named to NAE

Clay Radke, U.C. Berkeley chemical engineering professor and long-time associate of ESD, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Class of 2015, in recognition of his distinguished contributions to engineering.

01/30/2015

Earthquake Potential of Carbon Sequestration?

In a recent Science News article, ESD’s Jonny Rutqvist is mentioned prominently as the leader of several modeling studies investigating the possibility of geologic carbon sequestration causing earthquakes.

01/21/2015

Torok Screens Plants for Natural Products

A team of Earth scientists including ESD’s Tamas Torok demonstrated that in vitro biodiversity is sufficiently broad enough to be used for natural plant product screening—as an alternative to intact plants.

Williams ID’s Hot Moments in Cool Watershed

Water, water everywhere, but how did it get from here to there? ESD’s Ken Williams explains in the second of three videos describing the Genome-to-Watershed Scientific Focus Area (SFA) 2.0 project.

01/14/2015

Second Genome: Microbes Fighting Disease

ESD‘s Gary Andersen and former ESD scientist Todd DeSantis are mentioned in a recent (February 2015) Fast Company magazine article on Second Genome, the South San Francisco biotechnology company focusing on the microbiome.

ESD Instrumental in California Well Stimulation Report

ESD made strong contributions to the first volume of an independent scientific assessment released by the CCST on well stimulation in California, including an assessment of hydraulic fracturing.

01/13/2015

Ben Gilbert New Fundamental Geosciences Program Lead

Ben Gilbert will assume the position of Program Lead for ESD’s Fundamental Geosciences Program, an appointment that Ernie Majer has held since 1994.