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William Collins Named Director of New Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division

collins-bill-portrait-320x320William (Bill) Collins has been appointed Director of the new Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division of the recently formed Earth & Environmental Sciences Area of Berkeley Lab. His appointment is effective immediately. The Energy Geosciences Division was also established today.

The mission of the Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division is to develop the foundational knowledge and capabilities needed to understand, predict, and advance stewardship of Earth’s climate and ecosystems.

In pursuit of this mission, scientists in the division measure and model critical environmental and biological systems, exchanges between the biosphere and atmosphere, climatic and atmospheric processes, and interactions between society and its natural surroundings. They seek to translate data from the division’s advanced laboratories, experiments, and large field observatories into better tools for predicting the implications of climatic change for the natural environment and for critical water, energy, and agricultural resources.
The division’s research should help society make informed decisions about the sustainable use of these vital resources based on advanced knowledge of the integrated Earth system.

“Under Bill Collins’ leadership, and with the integration of expertise within the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, this new division is well positioned to develop a new class of approaches for quantifying and predicting the behavior of environmental systems — with global change, and at scales needed to guide the optimized management of our water, land, air and energy resources,” says Susan Hubbard, the Associate Laboratory Director for the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area.

About Bill Collins

Collins, a Senior Scientist at Berkeley Lab, is an internationally recognized climate change scientist who has made substantial contributions to quantifying and modeling interactions among sunlight, heat, the coupled climate system, and global environmental change. Collins joined Berkeley Lab in 2007, where he has served as the Climate Sciences Department Head and the co-lead for the Climate & Carbon Sciences Program Area.

He is a Professor in Residence in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley, the Chief Scientist for the DOE Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME), and the Director for the Climate Readiness Institute. Collins was a Lead Author on the Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Collins is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a 2015 recipient of the Department of Energy Secretary’s Achievement Award for launch of the ACME. Go here for more on Collins.

About the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area

The Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division joins the Energy Geosciences Division, which was also established today, as the two divisions in the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area, which was announced in March. These new divisions replace the Earth Sciences Division.
The mission of the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area is to create new knowledge and capabilities needed to enable sustainable stewardship of critical environmental systems and judicious use of the Earth’s subsurface energy. It integrates expertise in environmental and biological system science, climate sciences, fundamental geosciences, and subsurface energy resources to tackle some of the most pressing environmental and energy challenges of the 21st Century.

Go here for more information about the Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division, and here for more information about the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area.