Greg Moore, Executive Director of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, discusses a pioneering model of community engagement and volunteerism in the stewardship of our Bay Area national parks and its implications for global conservation.
Robert Fischer and Sarah Hake elected to National Accademy of Scientists
Today it was announced that two professors from the College of Natural Resources are among the 72 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) this year. Robert Fischer, professor of plant and microbial biology and Sarah Hake, director of the USDA Plant Gene Expression Center and adjunct professor of plant and microbial biology were elected “in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”
The NAS was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln. The society advises government leaders on matters of science and technology and election to this prestigious society of scholars is one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.
At the moment, there are 135 members of NAS at Berkeley. Such historic figures as Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell were members of the academy. In addition, more than 180 living academy members have won Nobel Prizes.
Working to reduce the impact of Bangladesh’s exploitative and environmentally-devastating ship breaking industry, leading environmental attorney Syeda Rizwana Hasan spearheaded a legal battle resulting in increased government regulation and heightened public awareness about the dangers of ship breaking.
Hasan is a 2003 alumna of CNR's renowned Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program, which provides mid-career professionals and policymakers from around the globe with an opportunity to interact with UC Berkeley faculty engaged in up-to-date research and policy analysis on sustainable environmental management.
Bangladesh is one of only a few countries in the world with a thriving ship breaking industry. Decommissioned ships from around the world are sent to Bangladesh and dismantled by hand on the beaches by unskilled workers who are often paid less than one dollar per day....
It looks like Thomas Azwell -- a graduate student whose work crosses disciplanary boundaries from Society and Environment, where he is pursuing his Ph.D., to microbial biology, where he works closely with plant biologist Norman Terry -- might be on to something with his army of worms.
Azwell has developed a promising approach to safe disposal of oil spill waste (see 2:00 mark in video.)
Climate Change to Spur Rapid Shifts in Fire Hotspots
Climate change will bring about major shifts in worldwide fire patterns, and those changes are coming fast, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis led by researchers at the College of Natural Resources, in collaboration with scientists at Texas Tech University.
The findings are reported in the April 8 issue of PLoS ONE, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the Public Library of Science.
Researchers used thermal-infrared sensor data obtained between 1996 and 2006 from European Space Agency satellites in their study of pyrogeography - the distribution and behavior of wildfire - on a global scale. They not only got a global view of where wildfires occur, but they determined the common environmental characteristics associated with the risk of those fires. They then incorporated those variables into projections for how future climate scenarios will impact wildfire occurrence worldwide.