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...]

Whendee Silver Named UC Berkeley Climate Action Champion

By Gretchen Kell, UC Berkeley News Whendee Silver might not think of herself as an action hero, but the professor of environmental science, policy and management today was named UC Berkeley’s first Faculty Climate Action Champion. The honor, for outstanding teaching, research and public … [Read more...]

Regents Lecture: Dr. Nathan Wolfe, Thursday, October 1

"Early Detection and Prevention of Viral Epidemics" Thursday, October 1, 2015 5:30 pm reception, Morgan Lounge 6 pm lecture, Room 100, Genetics & Plant Biology Building (map) “Armed with blood samples, high-tech tools and a small army of fieldworkers, Nathan Wolfe hopes to re-invent … [Read more...]

Douglas Brinkley on Franklin D. Roosevelt, the CCC, and Wild America

Historian Douglas Brinkley delivered this talk at Berkeley on September 17, 2015 as a part of the ESPM Seminar series. Dr. Brinkley is professor of history at Rice University and a fellow at the James Baker Institute for Public Policy. His books include The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness … [Read more...]

Intermittent Streams: Nature’s Vanishing Act

ESPM postdoctoral researcher Michael Bogan studies small, intermittent streams that dry up during various parts of the year—but play an important role in ecosystems whether wet or dry. Part of his work involves understanding how drying shapes streams and the organisms that live there now so that we … [Read more...]

Small but mighty: researchers find periodically flowing streams in California are surprisingly diverse

Previous research has indicated that intermittently flowing streams in Mediterranean climates like California's might be less diverse than streams that flow year round. However, after four years of sampling and a concentrated effort to identify more species, ESPM researchers are starting to find … [Read more...]

How to beat the climate crisis? Start with carrots

By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley News To speed up progress in tackling climate change, policymakers need to build political support by investing in clean-energy industries rather than first penalizing polluters, according to a new policy paper by UC Berkeley researchers. In the paper, … [Read more...]

ESPM Earns Green Department Certification

We are proud to announce that ESPM has achieved Green Certification through the Office of Sustainability and Energy's Green Department Certification Program! This program highlights the efforts of campus departments that have taken extensive and innovative steps towards becoming more sustainable … [Read more...]

Introducing the new minor in food systems

New this fall in ESPM is a minor in food systems, which will offer undergraduates the opportunity to critically examine issues of contemporary food and agriculture from a whole-systems perspective. “The study of food systems is a relatively new field,” ESPM's Kathryn De Master told KQED blogger … [Read more...]

Drought may be killing California’s giant sequoias

California’s giant sequoias are showing signs of stress — some have leaves that are drier and sparser than usual — and UC Berkeley tree biologist Anthony Ambrose thinks the drought is to blame. Ambrose is leading a project, along with Koren Nydick, an ecologist with the National Park Service, to … [Read more...]