Today at Berkeley Lab

Study: Soil Could Release More Carbon Than Expected as Climate Warms

Researchers based their findings on a field experiment that, for the first time, explored what happens to organic carbon trapped in soil when all soil layers are warmed. Much of the CO2 originated from deeper layers, indicating that deeper stores of carbon are more sensitive to warming than previously thought. More>

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Jill Banfield to Keynote JGI’s April NeLLi Workshop

Joint Genome Institute collaborator Jill Banfield (EESA) will deliver the keynote talk at the “NeLLi: From New Lineages of Life to New Functions” Workshop, April 5-6 in Walnut Creek. The workshop aims to foster discussions on how to capture, define, quantify, and functionally characterize microbial and viral diversity. Go here for full agenda, speaker lineup, and registration information.

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March 3 Earth Sciences Talk on Climate Change

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar featuring Christopher Field of Stanford University on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. Field will discuss “Climate Change: 2017.” More>

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Feb. 17 EESA Talk on Secure Energy for America

On Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium, the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar featuring Scott Tinker of the University of Texas at Austin. Tinker will discuss “Secure Energy for America.” More>

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Three Lab Researchers Named to National Academy of Engineering

Robert Budnitz of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, Gerbrand Ceder of the Materials Sciences Division, and Kathy Yelick, Associate Lab Director of Computing Sciences, were elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. More>

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Romy Chakraborty is EESA’s New Ecology Department Head

Romy Chakraborty, a research scientist with a background in anaerobic microbial physiology and microbial ecology, will lead EESA’s Ecology Department. Her research activities extend across the Lab on projects such as ENIGMA, Watershed Function SFA, ARPA-E Methylase Project and urban agriculture. Chakraborty also studied the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill. More>

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Water-Energy Town Hall on Feb. 3

The meeting — from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Building 66 Auditorium — kicks off discussion of the Lab-wide “Water-Energy” LDRD initiative. Short talks will describe some current water-energy projects at the Lab followed by open discussion. Attendees will have a chance to talk about their ideas for proposals and network with others responding to this call. More>

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Jan. 20 EESA Talk on Rivers in the Anthropocene

Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar featuring Philippe Van Cappellen of the University of Waterloo. Van Cappellen will discuss “Rivers in the Anthropocene: Global Scale Modifications of Nutrient Cycles by River Damming.” The seminar will start at 1:30pm in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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Lab to Help Test Water Quality in Marin’s San Geronimo Valley

Exactly who or what is responsible for pathogens entering creeks in the San Geronimo Valley may soon be determined. The San Geronimo Valley Planning Group has tapped Lab researchers — including Gary Andersen — to do detailed analyses of water samples using “PhyloChip” technology, a DNA-based method to detect and distinguish sources of microbial contamination in water. More>

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EESA’s Lopez Combines Rap and Science to Mentor Youngsters

Robin Lopez recently presented his original hip-hop music video, “Flows in Hydrogeology” at the Geological Society of America 2016 Conference. López, a lifelong resident of Richmond, was inspired to create the video as a way to connect with the youth he mentors at Richmond-based nonprofit Metas. More>

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