Building a Phylogeny of Peacock Spiders

Sparklemuffin spider

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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...]

Silver Lab Receives Innovation Award from American Carbon Registry 

Whendee Silver

The American Carbon Registry recently presented their innovation award to the four entities that developed a first-of-a-kind carbon offset methodology to quantify emissions reductions from the application of compost to rangelands. The group includes the Whendee Silver Lab, the Terra Global Capital, … [Read more...]

Human security at risk as depletion of soil accelerates, scientists warn

Scientists warn that humans have been depleting soil nutrients at rates that are orders of magnitude greater than our current ability to replenish it. They say that fixing this imbalance is critical to global food security over the next century.

By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley Media Relations  Berkeley — Steadily and alarmingly, humans have been depleting Earth's soil resources faster than the nutrients can be replenished. If this trajectory does not change, soil erosion, combined with the effects of climate change, will present a huge risk … [Read more...]

2015 Gradfest Symposium Keynote: A Discussion with Mark Bittman


The ESPM Graduate Research Symposium (Gradfest) is an annual event in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management that celebrates and showcases graduate student research. The 2015 Gradfest keynote lecture was an extended Q&A Session with award-winning journalist and New York … [Read more...]

Conservation & Resource Studies Minor Wins University Medal

University Medalist Radhika Kannan

By Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations BERKELEY — The Earth could use a tough litigator like Radhika Kannan, who was just named UC Berkeley’s top graduating senior. She dazzles whether she’s defending the environment or performing a classical Indian dance. But beneath the eloquent voice and … [Read more...]

2015 Awards and Fellowships Honor Graduate Students and Faculty

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  The Department’s annual Graduate Research Symposium, also known as The ESPM GradFest Symposium, celebrates and showcases graduate student research. This year’s GradFest included finishing talks from graduating PhD students, a discussion with food journalist Mark Bittman, and remarks from the … [Read more...]

Fixing a Broken Food System: Claire Kremen at Edible Education 101

Claire Kremen Speaking at Edible Education 101

The food system is multi-disciplinary and complex, involving agroecology, agronomy, anthropology, economics, nutrition, sociology, and the arts. The spring 2015 Edible Education 101 course, led by ESPM's Garrison Sposito and co-hosted by Mark Bittman and Robert Hass, featured numerous guest speakers … [Read more...]