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03/18/2015

Magnitude of Permafrost Carbon−Climate Feedback

ESD climate scientists Charlie Koven and Bill Riley have recently developed the mechanistic basis for permafrost carbon-climate feedback within a land surface model, CLM4.5, the terrestrial component of the CESM Earth system model.

03/09/2015

Highly Reactive Light-Dependent Amazonian Monoterpenes

Climate scientists including ESD’s Kolby Jardine and Jeff Chambers recently discovered highly reactive monoterpenes, light-dependent emissions from tropical leaves that assist photosynthesis in times of environmental stress.

03/06/2015

Why Do Geysers Erupt? Plumbing!

A scientific team led by ESD’s Michael Manga has gained striking new insights into the basic mechanics of geysers by placing surveillance cameras inside them and building a model of their plumbing.

02/27/2015

Banfield Team Finds Ultra-Small Bacteria

ESD’s Jillian Banfield recently led a team of scientists in capturing images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get.

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.

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.

12/16/2014

O’Brien Fog Paper Featured in EOS

A paper that ESD Climate Scientist Travis O’Brien co-authored is featured on this week’s cover of the weekly AGU journal Eos, Transactions of the AGU—just in time for the AGU Meeting!

12/11/2014

Moridis on New Sensing Techniques in New Scientist

A recent New Scientist article on new hydrocarbon sensing capabilities being used in Australia quotes ESD’s Hydrocarbon Resources Program Head George Moridis, on just how and for what reason these techniques are being used.

12/03/2014

Methyl Ketones: From Fragrances to Biofuels

Harry Beller recently led the refinement of an engineered strain of E. coli that can convert glucose into significant quantities of methyl ketones, a promising source of clean, green, and renewable blending agents for diesel fuel.

11/17/2014

Microbes, Atmosphere in Climate Models

ESD climate scientists Jinyun Tang and Bill Riley have developed a climate model that quantifies interactions between soil microbes and their surroundings.