Wildfires emit more greenhouse gases than assumed in state climate targets

Carbon map showing carbon capture and loss in California

By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley Media Relations A new study quantifying the amount of carbon stored and released through California forests and wildlands finds that wildfires and deforestation are contributing more than expected to the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The findings, published … [Read more...]

ESPM graduate student Madeline Girard on discovering “Sparklemuffin” and “Skeletorus,” two new species of peacock spiders


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...]

Professor Miguel Altieri Receives Honorary Doctorate from the Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium

Miguel Altieri receiving honorary doctorate

Professor of Agroecology Miguel Altieri was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor by the Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium on March 30th. The honor recognizes Altieri's significant contributions to the development of new food production models in changing global and environmental conditions. … [Read more...]

Eight ESPM Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced this year's recipients of Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF), and we are excited to announce that 8 ESPM students were recipients of this prestigious award! The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate … [Read more...]

2015 Albright Lecture: Public Education and Public Lands


The 2015 Albright Lecture in Conservation, titled "America's Two Best Ideas—Public Education and Public Lands," featured a conversation with Sally Jewell (U.S. Secretary of the Interior), Janet Napolitano (President of the University of California), Douglas Brinkley (Historian and Author), and … [Read more...]

Cousins, McNicol named UC Sustainability Fellows

Stella Cousins and Gavin McNicols

Two ESPM students will be working with scientists in the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) to study climate and sustainability in support of UC's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025. UC ANR has chosen Gavin McNicol and Stella Cousins, both Ph.D. candidates, to … [Read more...]

From Tiny Life-forms to Giant Trees

Public Newsletter March

Our Environment e-Newsletter, March 2015  |  Vol. 4 Issue 2 ESPM Research In the News 'Skeletorus' and 'Sparklemuffin' the Newest Spiders Graduate student Madeline Girard has co-discovered two new peacock spiders in Australia. Sparklemuffin (Maratus jactatus) has bluish and reddish … [Read more...]

Tensions Between Safety and Sustainability in the Field


By Patrick Baur, ESPM graduate student At the border of California and Arizona, a tiny stream winds its way into Mexico. Once boasting flood channels 24km across, the mighty Colorado no longer reaches the sea without life-support. From where I am standing on the bank just below the historic Yuma … [Read more...]

First Detailed Microscopy Evidence of Bacteria at the Lower Size Limit of Life

Cryo-electron tomography image.

By Dan Krotz, Lawrence Berkeley Lab Scientists have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get. The research was led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and … [Read more...]

Chile and California: The Wine Is the Land


By Adina Merenlender, Miguel Altieri, Olga Barbosa, Andrés Muñoz-Sáez, Carlos Pino, and Houston Wilson. Originally published in the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, Fall 2014. The similarity between vineyard landscapes in Chile and California is striking: both lie in … [Read more...]