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

Jan 26, 2018
Small Particles Play Large Role in Tropical Thunderstorms
Researchers find that ultrafine aerosol particles produce bigger storm clouds and more precipitat [more...]

Jan 26, 2018
More Designer Peptides, More Possibilities
Combined experimental and modeling approach contributes to understanding the structure of cell me [more...]

Jan 08, 2018
Impacts of Microtopographic Snow Redistribution and Lateral Subsurface Processes in an Arctic Polygonal Ecosystem
Lateral subsurface hydrologic and thermal processes were explicitly represented in the E3SM Land [more...]

Jan 05, 2018
Drought-Pathogen Interactions and Oak Tree Mortality
Interactions between drought and pathogens are important factors driving “pulses” of [more...]

Jan 02, 2018
Tropical Forest Soil Carbon Stocks Predicted by Nutrients and Roots, not Aboveground Plant Biomass
Soil base cation availability regulates tropical soil C stocks via a negative relationship with [more...]