Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division scientist Kolby Jardine is one of six researchers selected by the Department of Energy to receive significant funding for research through its Early Career Research Program this year.

The program, now in its ninth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. The six Berkeley Lab recipients are among a total of 84 recipients selected this year, including 30 from DOE’s national laboratories. This year’s awards bring to 29 the total number of Berkeley Lab scientists who have received Early Career Research Program awards since 2010.

Jardine specializes in biochemical ecology. His award is for “O-Acetylation and Methylation Engineering of Plant Cell Walls for Enhanced Biofuel Production,” selected by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research. Learn more about his research and the other Early Career Research Program recipients from Berkeley Lab here.