News & Announcements (2015)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Applications are open for the Data Science For the 21st Century (DS421) graduate research traineeship. DS421 is an interdisciplinary training program designed to prepare graduate students to address the grand challenges at the intersection of natural, social and data sciences. Students will gain the skills necessary to translate data into evidence-based analysis of impacts and solutions in the face of rapid environmental change.

Friday, December 4, 2015

NSF is accepting applications for the Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education aware (INSPIRE)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Recently, the New York Times Science section featured an article on the global digitization efforts of the museum community with commentary from the UC and Jepson Herbaria's own Brent Mishler.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A recent publication in Global Ecology and Biogeography brought up some very interesting topics about the quality of specimen data available to researchers.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Five California amphibian experts warn that a recently discovered fungus already devastating salamanders in Europe could imperil American salamanders, and urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately halt salamander imports until there is a plan to detect and prevent the spread of the fungus.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Marijuana growers are ravaging forests in northern California to produce their lucrative crop. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, biologist Mary Power talks about the massive ecological footprint of marijuana growing and why nationwide legalization could help alleviate it.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Humans can’t survive more than a few days without water, but some plants, in particular mosses, can survive drought for decades and suddenly revive with the first rain.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The debate over the legalization of marijuana has focused primarily on questions of law, policy and health. But a new paper co-authored by UC Berkeley researchers shines a spotlight on the environment as an underappreciated victim of the plant’s growing popularity as a cash crop.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Holos website and Ecoengine tools have reached a major milestone-- we've removed the public password and will demonstrate the site at the BIDS Data Science Faire on May 5th. Most of the Ecoengine Team will be there to answer questions and hear reactions and new ideas. We have been looking forward to this day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cold-blooded and other animals that are unable to regulate their internal temperature may have a hard time tolerating global warming, according to an analysis by biologists from the University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Two thousand California honey bees may have a story to tell. So too, more than 10,000 deer mice, and 3,000 oaks. Specimens of these plants and animals populate massive collections in Berkeley’s renowned research museums, and are now being enlisted as guides to past episodes of habitat and climate change.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Steadily and alarmingly, humans have been depleting Earth’s soil resources faster than the nutrients can be replenished. If this trajectory does not change, soil erosion, combined with the effects of climate change, will present a huge risk to global food security over the next century, warns a review paper authored by some of the top soil scientists in the country.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Efforts to predict the emergence and spread of sudden oak death, an infectious tree-killing disease, have gotten a big boost from the work of grassroots volunteers.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A detailed study of marine animals that died out over the past 23 million years can help identify which animals and ocean ecosystems may be most at risk of extinction today, according to an international team of paleontologists and ecologists.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Former Vice President Al Gore, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and bestselling author on climate change, will speak at UC Berkeley today (Wednesday, April 29) at 12:30 p.m. The event is full and the waitlist is long, but those who didn’t land a ticket still have a chance to catch the talk with this livestream link.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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.

Monday, March 23, 2015

It’s not a stretch to say that without UC Berkeley and its alumni, the National Park Service would not be what it is today. In fact it might not even exist.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

UC Berkeley chemists have made a major leap forward in carbon-capture technology with a material that can efficiently remove carbon from the ambient air of a submarine as readily as from the polluted emissions of a coal-fired power plant.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A conference focusing on the science emphasis of the National Park Service’s centennial will take place in late March at UC Berkeley, exactly a century after an historic conference on campus paved the way for the birth of the NPS.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A new paper published in Global Change Biology summarizes the results of a 23-year experiment monitoring how global warming is impacting certain ecosystems. At the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, the scientists have monitored ten 30-square meter plots of meadowland since 1989...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Patrick McIntyre (Ecoengine postdoc) and co-authors present their article, "Twentieth-century shifts in forest structure in California: Denser forests, smaller trees, and increased dominance of oaks" in this month's Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The authors, which include Ecoengine PIs Maggi Kelly and David Ackerly, used the newly mobilized Wieslander Vegetation Type Mapping data to examine changes in forest structure from the 1930s to 2000s.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Historical California vegetation data that more than once dodged the dumpster have now proved their true value, documenting that a changing forest structure seen in the Sierra Nevada has actually happened statewide over the past 90 years.