Professor Steven Beissinger named AAAS Fellow

Professor Steven Beissinger is among 347 new fellows named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) today. Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers in recognition of their achievements in advancing science or its applications. Professor … [Read more...]

Fungal Spore Bank Regenerates Forests

Illuminating data from the Rim Fire An extensive study by an ESPM graduate student has found that a rich, fungal spore bank under the devastating Rim Fire two years ago remained intact and sparked the rebirth of new plants, trees and seedlings. Spore bank fungi are adapted to disturbances to … [Read more...]

New research in rural China may help improve drinking water quality and reduce air pollution

Alasdair Cohen’s collaboration with the China CDC allowed him to conduct the first known research study on household water treatments in China. By Julie Van Scoy For most of us, for our whole lives, we have turned on the faucet and cool, safe drinking water has flowed from the tap. This is a … [Read more...]

BIG THANKS for Supporting ESPM during the Big Give!

How does ESPM help you "Thing Bigger?" During our second Big Give, the entire Berkeley community — alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends — came together to help maintain our position as the No. 1 public university in the world. Big thanks to all who participated in Big Give! Check … [Read more...]

Professor Scott Stephens visits Washington D.C. for Fire Chiefs White House Roundtable

ESPM professor and fire scientist Scott Stephens visited the White House earlier this week as a speaker in the Fire Chiefs White House Roundtable on Climate Change Impacts at the Wildland Urban Interface. Hosted by Vice President Joe Biden, the roundtable focused on how climate change is impacting … [Read more...]

An Interview with Carolyn Merchant

ESPM professor and environmental historian Carolyn Merchant has focused her career on the study of the relationships between humanity and nature, with a particular emphasis on gender and the environment. She is the author of The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution; … [Read more...]

California Naturalist Program Receives National Award

Hear CalNat founder Adina Merenlender speak on the program at the ESPM Seminar on Thursday, October 29: 12 pm, 132 Mulford Hall.    Since its launch in 2012, the UC California Naturalist Program (CalNat) has been working to promote stewardship of California's natural resources through … [Read more...]

Hunting Soils in Southern Patagonia

ESPM graduate student Marco Pfeiffer and professor Ronald Amundson study the relationship between soil, climate, and landscape in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Last year, they visited the Patagonian region of Magallanes in Southern Chile to conduct exploratory research on soils of the area. … [Read more...]

Berkeley Ranked Top Environment & Ecology University by U.S. News

In U.S. News & World Report's “Best Global Universities Rankings,” published this week, UC Berkeley tops the list in Environment/Ecology. According to the report, "The field of environment and ecology includes subjects such as environmental health, environmental monitoring and management, and … [Read more...]

CA Matters Video: Jennifer Sowerwine on the changing face of California Agriculture

During his semester-long residency last spring at the Berkeley Food Institute, best-selling cooking writer and New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman visited nearby farms, enjoyed California farmers' markets, and met with many Berkeley faculty and students. In collaboration with the New York … [Read more...]