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University of California, Office of the President - Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Division

February 2014

Quantifying ecological effects of land use and climate change using historical collections
(PI Kipling Will, Director - Essig Museum of Entomology, Professor - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management)

The University of California has an array of unparalleled world-class research, reserve and forestry centers. This project will bring together efforts from ANR/REC, NRS and CFF and join them with the historical depth provide by the BNHMs and cutting edge ecoinfomatics of the Keck funded Ecoinformatics Engine. This project will develop tools and lay the groundwork for future cross-unit efforts addressing critical natural resource questions and issues. The primary focal area of this project is to address the shifting spatial structure of California's natural resources in three of our research centers in northern California by analyzing historical specimen data held in collections and looking for significant change or stasis with regard to environmental change and disparate land use and management regimes. The secondary focal area addresses tools for land change science, and in particular, to engage students through their inclusion in the project and the broader public using both the citizen science online experience and in sessions of the Californian Naturalist Program.

National Science Foundation

October 2013

Eel River Critical Zone Observatory
(PI Bill Dietrich, Earth and Planetary Science)

Early in 2007 the US National Science Foundation created the new Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) program, which addresses pressing interdisciplinary scientific questions concerning geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes and their couplings that govern critical zone system dynamics. Each observatory must contribute to strengthening the scientific basis for decision-making, particularly with regards to impacts on health, safety, and environment due to observed and predicted changes in the critical zone. For more information on the Eel River Critical Zone Observatory please visit here or for more information on the Critical Zone Observatory Program go here.

National Science Foundation

September 2013

SEES Fellows: An Integrative Approach to Developing Sustainable Land Use Plans to Serve Diverse Stakeholders through Traditional Resource and Environmental Management Practices
(PI Robby Cuthrell, Postdoc - Anthropology)

In this Award from the NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES Fellows Program) Dr. Robby Q. Cuthrell from the University of California - Berkeley will explore how Traditional Resource and Environmental Management (TREM) practices can be re-implemented to manage lands more sustainably. The proposed work will: (1) incorporate archaeological biological data into the "Predictive Biosystems Informatics Engine," an integrative database that synthesizes ecological modeling, ecosystems dynamics and human-environmental interactions; (2) conduct integrative historical ecological research on indigenous resource use and TREM practices in California; and (3) bring together multiple stakeholders (public agencies, researchers and descendent communities) to develop, implement, and evaluate the sustainability implications of TREM-based management of California public lands. The work concentrates on the land in the greater San Francisco Bay Area of California. Please click here for more information.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

July 2013

rOpenSci: Open Tools to Facilitate Data Driven Science in Ecology and and Evolution
(PI: Karthik Ram, Postdoc - Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology)
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation believes that a carefully reasoned and systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all.  The Foundation makes grants to support original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, and economic performance; and to improve the quality of American life.  For more details on rOpenSci visit here.

W.M. Keck Foundation

January 2012

Informatics Engine for Understanding Biotic Response to Global Change

The W. M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 in Los Angeles by William Myron Keck, founder of The Superior Oil Company. This Foundation is one of the nation's largest philanthropic organizations, with assets of more than $1 billion. Their Science and Engineering Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. For more information, visit and for more details on the Engine click here.


Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

September 2011

Global Change Forecasting for Biological Systems in California

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental conservation and cutting-edge scientific research around the world and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit www.moore.orgThis Grant is in support of catalyzing the startup of the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology by supporting seven integrated research projects focused on global change forecasting for California ecosystems. For more details on these projects click here.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

November 2009
University of California, Berkeley

Seed funding supports the current BiGCB infrastructure and coordination, and enables continued collaboration and cross-fertilization of researchers across different disciplines at UC Berkeley.