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ESD News and Events
Berkeley, CA
ESD was founded in 1977 supporting research in geothermal, nuclear waste and geosciences programs.
Interests: Improved oil recovery,Energy resources,Climate change,Carbon sequestration,Environmental remediation,Nuclear energy and waste disposal
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After a comprehensive search, Susan Hubbard has been selected as Associate Laboratory Director for the new Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, effective immediately. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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Berkeley Lab helped organize the recent Pacific Rim Forum on the Earthquake Resilience of Nuclear Facilities—the overarching objective of which was to share lessons for enhancing the earthquake resilience of nuclear facilities. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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ESD’s Bill Collins recently met with Governor Brown and a UN delegation on climate change. California's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could be a model for global leaders in fashioning a universal climate change agreement Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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ESD’s Jill Banfield led a team that recently discovered many new groups or phyla of bacteria. The more than 35 new phyla equal in number all the plant and animal phyla combined. ESD’s Kenneth Williams was also involved in the research. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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Peering deeply into the Amazon, which has recently seen two "megadroughts,” scientists may be able to measure the impact of climate change globally, and also collect clues about how California's vegetation might be affected by drought Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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John Ramirez, who is being mentored by Tamas Torok of EES-ESD Division, won a silver medal for a poster he presented on the detection of riboswitches in mycobacterial viruses at a recent Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) conference. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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Sebastien Biraud will lead a group of scientists in an aerial campaign this summer (2015) to measure gas concentrations, aerosols, and cloud properties—to find out why current climate models underestimate how rapidly the Arctic is getting warmer. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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Joe Zhou, a long-time affiliate of ESD’s Ecology Department and strong collaborator on many key projects (including ENIGMA related work), has just won the DOE 2014 Ernest Orland Lawrence Award, DOE’s highest scientific honor. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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ESD’s John Christensen won the LBNL “All Eyes on Safety” photography contest that ended this past May 15. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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ESD’s Ernie Majer recently won a Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) award for excellence in induced seismicity and enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) research. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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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. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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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. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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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. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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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... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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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. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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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. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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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. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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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". Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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The convergence of world-class microscopic characterization and computational resources has made it possible to address subsurface geological carbon sequestration using a new generation of pore-scale flow and reactive transport models. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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Eric Dubinsky was part of a team whose work, reported on in mBio (the online journal of the American Society for Microbiology), has shown the power of microbial communities to predict sources of contamination in the environment. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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ESD’s Carl Steefel was one of the key developers of Chombo-Crunch, a reactive flow code that could enhance efforts toward carbon sequestration and greater safety in the oil and gas industry. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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Please join the ESD-Ecology Department May 12, in welcoming the Wageningen University Microbiology and Systems Biology Groups (from The Netherlands), and participating in a mini-symposium at 8:30 am in the bldg. 66 Auditorium. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at ESD News and Events
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ESD’s Javier Ceja-Navarro was featured this past week (May 7, 2015) in a video presentation within a Gizmodo article, on the potential of biofuel derived from insects—“a strange new future for agriculture and energy production.” Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at ESD News and Events