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

BER Research Highlights

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

Feb 01, 2019
A New Entropy-Based Scheme Reveals Dominant Controls on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Flux Variability in an Arctic Landscape
Soil characteristics, vegetation type, changes in vegetation during the growing season and the onse [more...]

Jan 24, 2019
Exploring Factors Influencing Arctic Melt Ponds
ARM data show that warm air incursions play an important role in the development of Arctic melt [more...]

Jan 23, 2019
ARM Lassos a New Parameterization
The ARM LASSO project provides the high resolution simulations and observations needed to compr [more...]

Jan 23, 2019
What Factors Matter in Simulations of the Nocturnal Low-Level Jet?
Observations of the low-level jet over the ARM Oklahoma observatory provide cases for evaluatio [more...]

Jan 18, 2019
A Day (and Night) in the Life of Green Algae

Researchers uncover the diurnal functioning of reference algae important to the development of a va [more...]