U.S. News & World Reports Ranks Berkeley #1 in Environment/Ecology


We are proud to announce that UC Berkeley has been ranked the top university in Environment/Ecology by the U.S. News & World Report's inaugural subject area rankings! In addition to ranking the world's top 500 universities overall and by region and country, this year U.S. News used a separate … [Read more...]

Bringing Forests Into Focus


By Stella Cousins, ESPM Graduate Student Though California’s agricultural and wildland resources are as extensive as they are diverse, 95% of our state’s population lives in cities. While some venture out for hikes and camping trips on the weekends, others have few options to experience the … [Read more...]

Hunters and Environmentalists: Finding Common Ground


By Luke Macaulay, ESPM Graduate Student My doctoral research focuses on finding practical ways to conserve the rich natural habitats and diverse wildlife that are found on private land. In particular, I research the economic and environmental aspects of recreational hunting, and evaluating … [Read more...]

Where Fire is Working in California

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By Kate Wilkin, ESPM Graduate Student As part of the Graduate Training in Cooperative Extension Program, a pilot project in UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources, I am “making (my) science matter” to the public while building skills for the workforce (1). During this training, my mentors … [Read more...]

Professor George Oster Wins Sackler Prize in Biophysics

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Congratulations to Professor George Oster, 2014 recipient of the the Sackler Prize in Biophysics! Established through the generosity of Dr. Raymond and Mrs. Beverly Sackler, the award is administered by Tel Aviv University. Professor Oster was awarded the prize for his discovery of physical … [Read more...]

Silver and Andersen Labs Featured on PBS Series


PBS’s new series, “Food Forward,” explores issues surrounding food in the United States. Covering topics such as urban agriculture, sustainable fishing, grass-fed beef, soil science and school lunch reform, the show aims to encourage “a more just, sustainable and delicious alternative” to current … [Read more...]

Changing Farming Practices to Preserve Evolutionary Diversity

The Rufous-tailed Jacamar (Galbula ruficauda) is an evolutionary-distinct bird that declines in agriculture but thrives in tropical rainforest. Photo by Daniel Karp, ESPM Postdoctoral Researcher.

We have long known that when forests are transformed into agricultural lands, the evolutionary diversity of wildlife is affected. A new study by ESPM postdoctoral researchers Daniel Karp and Leithen M'gonigle, and professor Claire Kremen, highlights just how dramatic those effects can be. In … [Read more...]

King Fire Puts UC Research Forest to the Test

UC Berkeley's Blodgett Research Forest, the marked, colored block to the west of the main King Fire blaze, likely will begin backfiring tonight to protect it from being overtaken by wildfire.

By Ann Brody Guy, College of Natural Resources Look for up-to-date information on the King Fire at this article's source or at the UC Berkeley Center for Forestry website. A key University of California, Berkeley, research station is threatened by the King Fire in El Dorado County. Blodgett … [Read more...]

ESPM Ranks First in Environmental Sciences for 2nd Consecutive Year

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We are proud to announce that ESPM ranked first in environmental sciences in the 2014 QS World Universities Rankings by subject! The annual QS World University Rankings by Subject is a comprehensive guide to the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas. Using data on reputation … [Read more...]

Shifting Perceptions of Who Can Enjoy Nature


Rue Mapp, one of the newest additions to the Cal Alumni Wall of Fame is being recognized for her work supporting diverse participation and appreciation of the great outdoors. During her time studying at Berkeley, Mapp (History of Art, ’09) enrolled in “The American Forest, Its Ecology, History, and … [Read more...]