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Making scientific data more discoverable

Fri, 09/30/2022 - 09:30
Multicolored strings of a programming are visible on a computer screen. September 30, 2022

ESPM professor Carl Boettiger is part of a $3.2 million project focused on standardizing how scientific data is described.

Are ‘bold’ raccoons to blame for your overturned trash?

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 16:11
Black and white nocturnal camera capturing a raccoon staring at it while trying to go into a box with a hole. September 27, 2022

Research by an ESPM postdoctoral researcher suggests docile raccoons possess a greater ability to learn how to obtain food than their bold counterparts.

Ten UC Berkeley courses revamped to incorporate inclusive and anti-racist approaches

Mon, 09/26/2022 - 14:12
Portraits of graduate students Lucy Andrews, Jaye Mejía-Duwan, Ja'Nya Banks, Adenike Omomukuyo, Ali Bhatti, Francisca Catalan, and Marina Stern. September 26, 2022

Led by ESPM faculty and graduate students, the collaborative effort focused on actionable changes to course material and structure. 

New findings detail alternative immune pathways in duckweed species

Mon, 09/26/2022 - 14:09
A composite image showing health duckweeds next to diseased duckweeds. September 26, 2022

Antimicrobial genes in the small, invasive plant species may help improve disease resistance in rice and wheat.

Report reveals inequity in electricity pricing, calls for rate reform to help fight climate change

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 09:31
A photo of electric transmission lines against a blue sky with clouds. September 22, 2022

Research by professors in ARE concluded that up to two-thirds of charges on electricity bills amount to a hidden electricity “tax.”

Study finds potentially dangerous levels of arsenic in prison drinking water

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 11:26
Slightly rusted water faucet dripping a drop of water September 20, 2022

Energy and Resources Group grad student Jenny Rempel led the analysis of water quality data from California’s Kern Valley State Prison and neighboring rural communities.

New student organization for Queer graduate students

Mon, 09/19/2022 - 15:51
CNR Queer Coalition Logo, circular logo with text CNR Queer Coalition Logo and bear at the center September 19, 2022

Rausser College graduate students have formed a new group to foster community for peers that identify as Queer or LGBTQ+

Berkeley Forests personnel assessing impacts of Mosquito Fire on Blodgett Forest

Thu, 09/15/2022 - 15:00
A photo showing a burned forest after the Mosquito Fire passed through Blodgett Forest Research Station. September 15, 2022

Favorable fire behavior and weather are expected to continue to move the fire away from Blodgett Forest.

UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab researchers receive $11.6 million in Department of Energy funding

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 11:43
September 14, 2022

The award will support research to develop biofuel and bioproducts from photosynthetic micro-alga.

California Oak Symposium set for Oct. 31–Nov. 3

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 10:40
Landscape of grassy hills and oak trees September 12, 2022

The four-day event, co-chaired by ESPM Cooperative Extension specialist Bill Tietje, will cover climate change, wildlife ecology, oak restoration, oak pests and diseases, fire ecology, and ranch management and generational transfer. 

New study examines drivers of government investment in energy innovation

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 08:03
A series of wind turbines line a coast. September 12, 2022

New forms of international cooperation and technology competition with China are the main drivers of public investment in clean energy innovation, though it remains insufficient to help meet climate goals.

Mosquito Fire impacting Blodgett Forest Research Station

Fri, 09/09/2022 - 16:49
A sign at the entrance of Blodgett Forest Research Station. September 09, 2022

The Mosquito Fire, which is currently burning in Placer and El Dorado counties, crossed into the northern portion of the property early Friday. Blodgett Forest personnel are safe and structure protection remains a focus for fire crews on the ground.

How to Save a Forest by Burning It

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 14:13
A driptorch is pictured in front of a controlled burn in Blodgett Forest. September 08, 2022

The New York Times recently accompanied Robert York, professor of cooperative extension and co-director of Berkeley Forests, as he guided wildfire researchers from UC Irvine through a prescribed burn at Blodgett Forest.

Wildfire poses greater threat to cannabis than other California crops

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 16:50
Outdoor farm grown cannabis September 07, 2022

A study by ESPM researchers shows that the lucrative commercial crop is at high risk of loss from wildfire to do primarily rural growing areas.

Social cost of carbon more than triple the federal estimate, study finds

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 12:00
Illustration of factory emitting fumes, titled CO2 in illustration. September 01, 2022

The higher estimate indicates that the benefits of reducing carbon dioxide emissions are much greater than had previously been believed.

How machine translation could make English-only science accessible to all

Fri, 08/26/2022 - 10:39
A graphic that promotes translating English-only science into other languages. August 26, 2022

ESPM graduate student Emma Steigerwald is helping highlight how translation tools are critical to the multilingual future of science. 

Rausser College welcomes Fall 2022 incoming faculty

Thu, 08/25/2022 - 11:00
A sign reading Rausser College of Natural Resources on a hill in front of Hillgard Hall. August 25, 2022

Rausser College is pleased to introduce six new faculty members who join ESPM, PMB, and ARE this year.

Five postdoctoral researchers awarded 2022 S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup fellowships

Tue, 08/23/2022 - 15:38
Rausser College of Natural Resources Building August 23, 2022

The annual award supports advanced academic research related to natural and environmental resources.

Paolo D’Odorico to be honored by American Meteorological Society

Mon, 08/22/2022 - 14:07
Paolo D'Odorico August 22, 2022

The ESPM professor will be awarded the Society’s highest honor and named a fellow.

Bioengineering better photosynthesis

Sat, 08/20/2022 - 14:16
Ground shot of soybean leaves growing August 19, 2022

Krishna Niyogi and Nina Maryn are collaborators on first-of-its-kind research that used improved photosynthesis to  increase yields in food crops for the first time ever.