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06/11/2015

Wang, Tokunaga Win ACS Editors' Choice Award

ESD scientists Shibo Wang and Tetsu Tokunaga recently won an American Chemical Society (ACS) Editors' Choice Award for their paper on supercritical CO2-brine capillary pressure-saturation relations in limestone sands.

06/09/2015

Enhancing Seismic Safety of Nuclear Facilities

Berkeley Lab, U.C. Davis, and the U.N. Reno will collaborate to develop advanced computational tools for modeling and simulating the earthquake response of nuclear facilities, including the effects of soil-structure-interaction.

06/08/2015

Collins and Climate Readiness Institute

The Climate Readiness Institute, a coalition of scientists from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Stanford University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is hosting a four-hour meeting with local water officials and other Bay Area leaders to discuss how academic research can help deal with the current drought and the broader shift...

Characterizing Arctic Ecosystem Functional Zones

A multidisciplinary team of researchers led by ESD’s Haruko Wainwright developed an ecosystem functional zonation approach to characterize the spatial variability of properties that influence carbon cycling in the Arctic – in high resolution and over landscape scales.

Characterizing Permafrost Microbes in a Changing Climate

In a paper published in Nature earlier in 2015, former ESD researchers Jenni Hultman and Janet Jansson, ESD affiliate Maude David, and others applied multiple molecular technologies (collectively referred to as “omics”) to characterize microbial activity in the Arctic permafrost. They sought to determine the composition of microbial communities within...

05/28/2015

Romps’ New Technique Tracks Cloud Behavior

ESD’s David Romps and Rusen Oktem are collecting three-dimensional data (using off-the-shelf digital cameras) on cloud behavior that have never been possible to collect before. In this way, Romps can measure how fast the clouds rise, which in turn can shed light on a wide range of areas, ranging from...

05/21/2015

Clay Barriers Restrict Ionic Transport

Carl Steefel and Ian Bourg (and others) proved, for the first time, that anions can be completely excluded from the smallest pores within a compacted illitic clay material, indicating the effectiveness of clay-based barriers for waste containment.

The Microbiome of Leaf-Nosed Bats

ESD ecologist Neslihan Taş was one of the leading authors of a recently published paper studying the relationship between different leaf-nosed bat feeding strategies and host microbiome composition.

05/19/2015

Jillian Banfield: Profile

Jill Banfield shares her perspective on how the DOE Joint Genome Institute helps advance her research, addressing knowledge gaps related to the roles of subsurface microbial communities in biogeochemical cycling.

Symphony of the Soil: 5/21, 11 a.m., 50 Auditorium

On Thursday, May 21, as part of the International Year of Soils and the Berkeley Lab Microbes-to-Biomes initiative, ESD is hosting a screening of the movie "Symphony of the Soil".