Sensing Distant Tornadoes, Birds Flew the Coop. What Tipped Them Off?

This male golden-winged warbler is carrying a geolocator on its back (appears black with white light sensor) and identification bands on its legs. (Photo by Gunnar Kramer)

By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley Media Relations BERKELEY — When birds unexpectedly flee their nesting grounds, it may be a demonstration of Mother Nature’s early-warning system that a massive storm is approaching. While tracking a population of golden-winged warblers, a research team led by UC … [Read more...]

Request for Applications: Graduate Training in Cooperative Extension


The University of California's Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources is now requesting applications for the Graduate Training in Cooperative Extension Pilot Program. Within UC, the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) oversees the network of agriculture experiment station … [Read more...]

Can the WTO Go Green?

Picture of labor mural in the World Trade Organization's main building.

By David Winickoff, ESPM Professor This summer, with only a rushed coffee for breakfast, I found myself in the glass guard station in front of the World Trade Organization. Housed in a 1920s rendition of a classical Florentine villa, the main WTO building looks out over a sloping garden to the … [Read more...]

Can Organic Crops Compete With Industrial Agriculture?


A new study representing a collaboration across several ESPM lab groups has found that organic farming is much more productive than commonly perceived. Led by graduate student Lauren Ponisio, the analysis of 115 studies comparing organic and conventional farming found that organic yields were only … [Read more...]

ESPM Seeks Applications for 5 Academic Positions

The campanile and San Francisco Bay at night

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management is a community of scholars from the biological, physical, and social sciences who endeavor to understand and sustain the ecosystems of the world. Our approach is by necessity interdisciplinary given the complexity of the questions we … [Read more...]

Surviving Stability


By Maya Hayden, ESPM Graduate Student It’s ironic—while the focus of so much environmental attention these days relates to how species and ecosystems are going to respond to all the changes we are throwing at them, certain species that thrive on change find themselves living in an artificially … [Read more...]

John Harte named AAAS Fellow


Professor John Harte is one of four UC Berkeley faculty members named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the association announced this week  (Monday, Nov. 24). The honor recognizes distinguished efforts in the scientific and social applications of science, … [Read more...]

November 2014 Update

Images courtesy of Blodgett Forest Research Station, Kevi Mace, Julie Van Scoy.

Our Environment e-Newsletter, Fall 2014, Volume 3, Issue 4   Berkeley Ranks #1 in Environment/Ecology! We are proud to announce that UC Berkeley has been ranked the top university in Environment/Ecology by the U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural international rankings! In … [Read more...]

A Unique Opportunity: My Trip to the Managed Forests of Japan

Image of students in in Shizuoka University’s forestry field lecture series

By Liam Maier, ESPM Graduate Student, Master of Forestry In September, I traveled to Japan to take part in a two-week long field lecture series hosted by professors and researchers of Shizuoka University. I joined graduate and undergraduate students from China, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and … [Read more...]

Professor Robert Lane Honored with Hoogstraal Medal

Bob Lane Award Cropped

We are proud to announce that Professor Bob Lane received the Harry Hoogstraal Medal at the 63rd American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Meeting, which was held in New Orleans in early November. This medal, named after American entomologist and parasitologist Harry Hoogstraal (1917-1986), … [Read more...]