Global Wildlife Decline Driving Slave Labor, Organized Crime

A child grabs sleep wherever possible after a long day of labor in West Africa’s struggling fishery.

BERKELEY —Global decline of wildlife populations is driving increases in violent conflicts, organized crime and child labor around the world, according to a new policy paper led by UC Berkeley researchers. The authors call for biologists to join forces with experts such as economists, political … [Read more...]

Calling on the Community: Detecting and Managing Sudden Oak Death

Two students collecting bay leaf data.

Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a serious exotic disease, is threatening the survival of tanoak and several oak species in California. Currently SOD is found in the wildlands of 14 coastal California counties, from Monterey to Humboldt. While patchy in distribution, with each passing year, the swath of … [Read more...]

Professor Lynn Huntsinger Recognized for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs


ESPM is proud to announce that the 2013-2014 Berkeley Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs went to Professor Lynn Huntsinger! Each spring, graduate students are invited to nominate faculty members for the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs. Typically each nomination is … [Read more...]

Sudden Oak Death Drying Up With Drought

Infected California Bay Laurel Leaves

By Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle The California drought is helping save the state's signature tree - the mighty oak - by slowing down the spread of the plague-like disease scientists call sudden oak death. The exceptionally dry conditions have drastically reduced the number of … [Read more...]

Postcards from the Field: ESPM Research Around the World

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Spreading the Buzz About Native Bees

An image of Gordon Frankie and Volunteer

In honor of National Pollinator Week, Bay Nature's Beth Slatkin recently interviewed Professor Gordon Frankie on the status of California's diverse and productive pollinators. Read an excerpt of the interview here, and check out the full article on the Bay Nature site. For those not familiar … [Read more...]

Central Valley Sees Big Drop in Wintertime Fog Needed for Fruit and Nut Crops

Foggy orchard in California's Central Valley. Photo: iStockphoto

Berkeley — California's winter tule fog - hated by drivers, but needed by fruit and nut trees - has declined dramatically over the past three decades, raising a red flag for the state's multibillion dollar agricultural industry, according to researchers at the University of California, … [Read more...]

Top Graduating Senior Makes a Splash in Water Policy

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BERKELEY —Rebecca Peters’ IQ score measured so low in fourth grade that her school did not deem her to be college material. Her parents didn’t buy it, and neither did she. Her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother had all attended the University of California, Berkeley. Unlike her … [Read more...]

Gradfest 2014 Honors Students and Faculty

Students and faculty and gradfest.

The Department’s annual Graduate Research Symposium, also known as The ESPM GradFest Symposium, celebrates and showcases graduate student research. This year’s day-long GradFest took place on Friday May 2, at the David Brower Center and included finishing talks from graduating PhD students, a guest … [Read more...]

Professor Carolyn Finney receives the 2014 Graduate Student Association’s Faculty Mentor Award

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The 2014 ESPM Graduate Student Association’s (GSA) Faculty Mentor Award was recently given to Professor Carolyn Finney for her commitment to mentoring and helping graduate and undergraduate students succeed. In announcing the award during the GradFest Symposium in early May, GSA president … [Read more...]