Changing rainfall and drought patterns likely play a key role in shaping natural selection among plants and animals in the wild, according to a study co-authored by associate professor Stephanie Carlson.
The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) will expand efforts to explore the potential of gene editing in the areas of agriculture and microbiology. ESPM professor Jill Banfield will lead the microbiology group.
A new review led by UC Berkeley suggests that climate change threatens parasites with extinction, which could have big consequences for ecosystems.
Berkeley researchers found two compact CRISPR systems, CasX and CasY, nearly doubling the potential tools like CRISPR-Cas9 for genome editing.
A new study measures exposure to 59 toxic chemicals in pregnant women and their newborns, and finds that the pollutants show up in higher levels in the newborns.
An unprecedented 40-year experiment in a 40,000-acre valley of Yosemite National Park strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire.
In a recent study of California annual grasslands, a new perspective on an old subject helped CNR researchers enhance their understanding of the effects of rainfall on grassland composition.
KQED's "Deep Look" series recently profiled the research of graduate student Erin Brandt, who is studying the elaborate mating rituals of colorful male jumping spiders.
A new study of snow leopards’ habitat has found that just one-third of their current range will be a refuge from climate change by 2070.
UC Berkeley Ph.D. student David Kurz traveled to Costa Rica and found that greater declines in population are related to the frogs' sensitivity to temperature.
The remarkable recovery of the endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog has now been documented in an expansive, data-rich study of the species in Yosemite National Park.
In southern Italy’s region of Apulia, the plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa is threatening the famous, generations-old olive trees that attract tourists and provide income to the rural communities there.
A new article lead-authored by graduate student David Kurz and published in the journal Biotropica finds that management decisions within tropical agricultural landscapes have a profound impact on biodiversity.
ESPM's Erik Oerter and Ronald Amundson have found a new way to tease out signals about Earth’s climatic past from soil deposits on gravel and pebbles, adding an unprecedented level of detail to the existing paleoclimate record.
Research in the Illilouette Creek Basin shows that allowing fires to burn, rather than strict fire suppression, can lead to more resilient forests with smaller future fires and lessened impacts on the environment.
ESPM Ph.D. candidate Matthew Luskin explains in an interview the effects that palm oil expansion has on wild pigs and macaques, and how these changes can indirectly but substantially damage the environment.
ESPM Graduate student Sydney Glassman discovered that a fungal spore bank under the devastating 2013 Rim Fire has helped regenerate new forests.
Alasdair Cohen’s collaboration with the China CDC allowed him to conduct the first known research study on household water treatments in China.
Postdoctoral researcher Michael Thomas Bogan, recent graduate Jason Hwan, and Professor Stephanie Carlson studied small creeks in northern California and found more diversity than they expected.
Professor Jonas Mekcling argues that 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.