Protected: Chile and California: The Wine Is the Land


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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

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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

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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...]

Making Research Relevant: Narratives, Complexity, and the Hubris of Objectivity


By Adam Calo, ESPM Graduate Student  One day shortly before I was off to university, I noticed my father pacing about like he does when he has something of grave import to declare.  He sat me down, put his arm straight against my shoulder, and began to lecture. “Son, whatever you decide to … [Read more...]

Graduate Students Awarded Switzer Environmental Fellowship


In December, three UC Berkeley graduate students were selected as Switzer Environmental fellows by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. This year, the program recognized 20 environmental leaders in nonprofit, public policy, business, academic and government sectors. Berkeley students Karen … [Read more...]

Warmer, Drier Climate Altering Forests Statewide

Wieslander’s photo of French Lake and English Mt. looking north (top), and a 2014 photo by Joyce Gross. Wieslander’s photo shows a large area of barren and semi-barren oak. University of California, Berkeley, CC BY

By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley Media Relations Historical California vegetation data that more than once dodged the dumpster have now proved their true value, documenting that a changing forest structure seen in the Sierra Nevada has actually happened statewide over the past 90 years. A team … [Read more...]