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Robert J. Budnitz elected to National Academy of Engineering

Robert J. Budnitz portrait. Cr. Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab., XBD201408-01063-02.tiff

The National Academy of Engineering has elected EESA’s Bob Budnitz as a new member in recognition of his contributions to seismic probabilistic risk assessments and their application to nuclear power facilities. He joins Berkeley Lab researchers Gerbrand Ceder (MSD) and Katherine Yelick (CS) for this honor. Read more…

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New Hydrocarbon Resources Program Lead: Tim Kneafsey

On February 1, 2017, Tim Kneafsey will assume the position of Program Lead for the Hydrocarbon Resources Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Tim will be responsible for strategic development, identification, dissemination, and coordination of funding opportunities related to hydrocarbon resources (DOE and work-for-others opportunities), and for serving as point of contact and spokesperson for this…

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Gary Andersen tapped for tracking water pathogens in Marin County

Lagunitas Creek view, Marin County, California (cr. Marin County)

Marin County’s San Geronimo Valley Planning Group is evaluating the watersheds that encompass the Lagunitas and San Geronimo Creeks, which drain into Tomales Bay and provide coho salmon habitat. Water pathogens have been detected in the watershed and Tomales Bay. Faulty on-site wastewater systems, especially for properties in close proximity to streams, have been identified as among the sources…

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New Study: Global Plant Models Underestimate Shading of Plants

Sun shining through tropical forest

EESA’s Trevor Keenan and collaborator Ülo Niinemets of the Estonian University of Life Sciences and Estonian Academy of Sciences have just published a new study in a Letter in Nature Plants that concludes that global plant databases and models are underestimating plant growth rates and photosynthesis, plus other traits, because leaf measurements are reported as…

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Upslope Migration of Trees in a Warming Climate


Many scientisst have expected that trees and tree line would migrate to higher elevations and latitudes as the climate warms. However, new research conducted by a team led by Lara Kueppers, research scientist in EESA’s Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division and at UC Merced’s Sierra Nevada Research Institute, just published in the journal Global Change Biology, shows…

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Spring Thaw in the Arctic Generates Pulses of CO2 and CH4 Emissions

Extracting soil core on the Arctic tunda

Little is known about the spring thaws of the frozen Arctic tundra in May that generate large pulses of greenhouse gases—how large are these emissions? What are the mechanisms? “We can see the effects of climate change happening more rapidly in the Arctic than in any other part of world,” said Berkeley Lab/EESA scientist Naama Raz-Yaseef. “So…

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LBNL Director’s Awards 2016

The Director’s Awards program recognizes significant achievements of Berkeley Lab employees. Each year, these awards are given for accomplishments, leadership, collaboration, multi-disciplinary science, cross-divisional projects, and commitment to excellence in support of the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. The 2016 recipients of the Director’s Achievement Awards were recognized this month. To see a complete list…

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EESA Unveils Its 10-Year Research Strategy

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) recently held a townhall (Oct. 31) to preview the upcoming release of its 10-year strategic plan. Deputy Director Horst Simon, as well as Directors from other Lab Areas, joined the full house. Five Grand Challenges have been identified to drive EESA’s research over the coming decade: Earth’s Microbial…

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