Targeting microbes could help fight coffee pest

coffee borer

By Dan Krotz, Lawrence Berkeley Lab In this video, Berkeley Lab’s Javier Ceja-Navarro discusses how researchers are learning how to utilize microbes that live inside the digestive tracts of insects for pest control, improved agriculture, and biofuel production.   The coffee berry … [Read more...]

Documenting small-scale gold mining in Indonesia


Professor Nancy Lee Peluso has been researching natural resources politics in Indonesia since 1979. In this photo essay and article, published on the Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific website, Peluso documents the searching for gold in unlicensed mines in West … [Read more...]

Small salmon, big threat

Stephanie Carlson with a juvenile fish.

By Carol Ness, Berkeley News Coho salmon and steelhead trout breed in the streams of Central California that summer turns into trickles and pools. Two- to four-inch juveniles, hatched in early spring, remain for a year or two before heading out to sea. By the end of summer, their survival is … [Read more...]

ESPM Alumna Glenda Humiston chosen to head Agriculture and Natural Resources

Image of Glenda Humiston

University of California President Janet Napolitano announced earlier this month that she will propose to the UC Board of Regents that they approve a veteran administrator with decades of experience in agriculture, natural resources, and sustainability as the next leader of the Division of … [Read more...]

Environment takes big hit from water-intensive marijuana cultivation

Discarded fertilizer boxes near a covert marijuana field.

By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley Media Relations The debate over the legalization of marijuana has focused primarily on questions of law, policy and health. But a new paper co-authored by UC Berkeley researchers shines a spotlight on the environment as an underappreciated victim of the plant’s … [Read more...]

Newfound groups of bacteria are mixing up the tree of life

An illustration showing how the new bacteria expand the tree of life.

By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley Media Relations BERKELEY — University of California, Berkeley, scientists have identified more than 35 new groups of bacteria, clarifying a mysterious branch of the tree of life that has been hazy because these microbes can’t be reared and studied in the … [Read more...]

Building a Phylogeny of Peacock Spiders

Sparklemuffin spider

ESPM graduate student Madeline Girard had always loved animals, but it wasn’t until she took a course on animal behavior as an undergraduate student that she realized studying them could be a career. Through her research as part of the Rosenblum lab, she discovered two new species of peacock … [Read more...]

Practicing Agroecology in the City

Urban Ag title slide

Miguel Altieri's Lab uses the concepts of agroecology to obtain a deep understanding of the nature of agroecosystems and the principles by which they function. Through research, writings, teaching, and outreach, the lab has aided in the emergence of agroecology as the discipline that provides the … [Read more...]

2015 GSA Faculty Mentor Award Goes to Justin Brashares and Bree Rosenblum

Professors Rosenblum and Brashares

The ESPM Graduate Student Association’s (GSA) Faculty Mentor Award is given each year to a faculty member with outstanding commitment to mentoring and helping graduate and undergraduate students succeed. The 2015 award is shared by Professor Justin Brashares and Erica Bree Rosenblum. In addition to … [Read more...]

Chryl Natasha Elaine Corbin Honored with ESPM 2015 Distinguished Service Award


At the 2015 Graduate Student Symposium, the ESPM Graduate Student Association honored PhD student Chryl Natasha Elaine Corbin with the ESPM Distinguished Service Award. This award officially recognizes a member of the ESPM community who has worked hard to improve the department. As president of … [Read more...]