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EESA Researchers Solve Deepwater Horizon Mystery

Gary Andersen

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is one of the most studied spills in history, yet scientists haven’t agreed on the role of microbes in eating up the oil. Now EESA researchers have identified all of the principal oil-degrading bacteria as well as their mechanisms for chewing up the many different components that make up the released crude oil.

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Novel Monitoring Strategy Uncovers New Insights to Arctic Ecosystems

Earth & Environmental Sciences Area/Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s Baptiste Dafflon (right) and Craig Ulrich (left) make soil moisture measurements with a TDR and active layer depths with a tile probe.

Researchers in Berkeley Lab’s Environmental & Earth Sciences Area (EESA) have led the development of a new approach for monitoring terrestrial ecosystems, and have used the system to discover new insights about how processes in different compartments of an Arctic Tundra ecosystem interact over space and time.

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The Art of Studying—and Sharing—Snowmelt Science in a Mountain Watershed

As an ecologist working with the Environmental & Earth Science Area’s Watershed Scientific Focus Area (SFA), Heidi Steltzer and her research assistant, Chelsea Wilmer, spend a lot of time conducting fieldwork in the picturesque Colorado mountains. Now, as she’s studying snowmelt and its effects on plant growth in Crested Butte, Colorado, Steltzer is bringing the SFA’s science to a much wider audience.

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Meet Your Postdoc: Mamun Miah

Mamun Miah

Meet first-year EESA postdoc Mamun Miah, an earthquake engineer. Miah has been working with David McCallen’s research group on a Department of Energy (DOE)-funded project that is developing regional scale earthquake simulation models aimed at reducing seismic risks and assessing hazards.

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Fifth Worldwide Review on Nuclear Waste Disposal Programs

Book Cover: Fifth WorldWide Review

 The Energy Geosciences Division of Berkeley Lab has just released the Fifth Worldwide Review on International Approaches for Nuclear Waste Disposal in Geological Formations: Geological Challenges in Radioactive Waste Isolation. This book summarizes state-of-the-art radioactive waste disposal approaches in geological formations, with contributions from authors representing 23 countries. Since the Fourth Worldwide Review in 2006, advances in technologies, disposal…

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