Cousins, McNicol named UC Sustainability Fellows

Stella Cousins and Gavin McNicols

Two ESPM students will be working with scientists in the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) to study climate and sustainability in support of UC's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025. UC ANR has chosen Gavin McNicol and Stella Cousins, both Ph.D. candidates, to … [Read more...]

Tensions Between Safety and Sustainability in the Field


By Patrick Baur, ESPM graduate student At the border of California and Arizona, a tiny stream winds its way into Mexico. Once boasting flood channels 24km across, the mighty Colorado no longer reaches the sea without life-support. From where I am standing on the bank just below the historic Yuma … [Read more...]

First Detailed Microscopy Evidence of Bacteria at the Lower Size Limit of Life

Cryo-electron tomography image.

By Dan Krotz, Lawrence Berkeley Lab Scientists have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get. The research was led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and … [Read more...]

Chile and California: The Wine Is the Land


By Adina Merenlender, Miguel Altieri, Olga Barbosa, Andrés Muñoz-Sáez, Carlos Pino, and Houston Wilson. Originally published in the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, Fall 2014. The similarity between vineyard landscapes in Chile and California is striking: both lie in … [Read more...]

A 23-year experiment finds surprising global warming impacts already underway


By Dana Nuccitelli, The Guardian A new paper published in Global Change Biology summarizes the results of a 23-year experiment monitoring how global warming is impacting certain ecosystems. At the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, the scientists have monitored ten 30-square meter plots of … [Read more...]

UC Berkeley Science Shop: Connecting Community to University for Research


When Karen Andrade, a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, came to UC Berkeley in 2009, she was surprised to discover how challenging it was for outside organizations to partner with students and faculty on research projects. Although local government … [Read more...]

Minimizing the Spread of Disease in Italy’s Famous Olive Trees

Image of olives

In October 2013 the European Commission was notified by Italian researchers that the plant pathogenic bacterium Xylella fastidiosa was detected in olive trees in southern Italy. Previously absent from the EU, the bacterium is quarantined as a harmful organism and has already caused economically … [Read more...]

Launching a Second Century of Stewardship for National Parks

Banner for the Science for Parks, Parks for Science Conference

Convening natural and social scientists, managers and practitioners to launch a Second Century of stewardship for the parks, 100 years after the historic meetings at UC Berkeley that helped launch the National Park Service (NPS), this two and a half day summit (March 25-27, 2015) at UC Berkeley will … [Read more...]

California’s majestic trees are declining — a harbinger of future forests


by Maggi Kelly, Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist Scientists in my native state of California were handed a gift: a trove of detailed information about the state’s forests taken during the 1920s and 1930s and digitized over the past 15 years. When we compared this … [Read more...]

Edible Education, Forestry Blogs, Research News, and More


Our Environment e-Newsletter, Spring 2015, Volume 4, Issue 1 The popular course founded by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan will offer a live stream open to the public in spring 2015! In this course, experts on organic agriculture, school lunch reform, food safety, hunger and food security, … [Read more...]