Today at Berkeley Lab

May 25 EESA Talk on Nitrogen Acquisition by Plants

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar featuring Angela Hodge of the University of York on Friday, May 25. Hodge will discuss “Nitrogen Acquisition by Plants and Their Associated Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Symbionts: Conflict Between Partners?” The talk takes place at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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For Florian Soom, Biking to Work is a Family Affair

As a youngster in Switzerland, Florian Soom rode his bike to school each day. Now, as an adult and parent, he’s still cycling to school … though this time around he has his daughter in tow, dropping her off on his way to work in the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. More>

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EESA Researchers Use Machine Learning to Connect Shale Measurements

Researchers with the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area have identified a way to use machine learning to connect fine- and large-scale measurements of shale — the most abundant sedimentary rock in the Earth’s subsurface and one known for its ability to trap fluids such as carbon dioxide and methane. More>

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Lab-Affiliated Scientists Elected as National Academy of Sciences Members

Kristie Boering, Judith Campisi, Ehud “Udi” Isacoff, and Michael Manga are among the group of 84 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Boering, Isacoff, and Manga are also professors at UC Berkeley. More>

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Application Period Open for UC Global Food Initiative Fellowship

This fellowship, funded by the UC Global Food Initiative, offers University of California graduate students the opportunity to plan, engage, and implement international projects in developing countries that address global challenges in agriculture and food systems. Deadline to express interest is May 28. More>

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Three Lab Researchers Appear in KCRA Sacramento TV Special on Water

Three Berkeley Lab researchers appeared in a 30-minute special report last evening on KCRA-TV Sacramento. The piece explored challenges with California’s water resources and infrastructure. Peter Fiske, Erica Woodburn, and Peter Nico, all from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, are highlighted in the piece discussing the Lab’s research to understand watersheds and improve methods for underground water storage. Watch the two-minute segment here.

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New Exascale Earth System Model Developed

Experts from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area focused on developing improved representations of land processes as part of an effort to create DOE’s new high-resolution Exascale Earth System Model. The model was recently released to the scientific community. A team led by Bill Collins and Bill Riley participated in the project with other national labs. More>

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Research Shows Trees Sweat to Keep Cool

As the planet warms, many trees may be unable to cope with the heat and could die off. But researchers have found that at least one species of Eucalyptus can withstand extreme heat by “sweating.” Scientists, including Trevor Keenan of the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, say this discovery is an encouraging development. More>

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Lab Signs MOU With French Geological Survey

Associate Lab Director Susan Hubbard recently traveled to France to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of Lab Director Mike Witherell, signifying the Lab’s intent to expand a collaborative partnership with the French geological survey BRGM. More>

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First Direct Observations of Methane’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect

A Berkeley Lab research team tracked a rise in the warming effect of methane — one of the most important greenhouse gases for the Earth’s atmosphere — over a 10-year period at a Department of Energy field observation site in northern Oklahoma. More>

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