U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research

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Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Science

BER science is vital to the nation's energy security and environmental future. Its mission is to understand complex biological, climatic, and environmental systems across time and space at scales ranging from nanoseconds to millennia, from submicron to global, and from individual molecules to ecosystems. BER science programs explore the frontiers of genome-enabled biology; discover the physical, chemical and biological drivers of climate change; and seek the biological, geochemical, and hydrological determinants of environmental sustainability and stewardship.

For more than 50 years, BER has advanced world-class biological and environmental research programs and scientific user facilities to support DOE environment, energy, and basic research missions. BER's foundational science is underpinning the development of cellulosic biofuels as major secure national energy resources. Other BER priorities include understanding relationships between climate change and Earth's ecosystems, assessing options for carbon biosequestration, predicting the fate and transport of contaminants in subsurface environments, and developing new tools to explore the interface of biological and physical sciences.

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Recent Highlights

Sep 18, 2018
Vegetation Demographics in Earth System Models: A Review of Progress and Priorities
An assessment of current approaches to including individual plant dynamics in ESMs and the need f [more...]

May 28, 2018
New Method Helps Predict Metabolite Concentrations, Rate Constants, and Enzyme Regulation Within Cells
Researchers use Neurospora crassa, a reliable model organism, to demonstrate new method [more...]

May 04, 2018
Contribution of Environmental Forcings to U.S. Runoff Changes for the Period 1950-2010
Understanding and attributing long-term trends of US runoff changes. < [more...]

May 03, 2018
Vulnerability of Amazon Forests to Storm-Driven Tree Mortality
Wind-related tree mortality is important for reliable prediction of tropical forests and their ef [more...]

Apr 23, 2018
Reconsidering the Role of Aerosols in Deep Convection
A new study shows that observed changes in cloud top height previously attributed to changes in a [more...]