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

Mar 22, 2019
Improving Projections of Future Hydropower Changes in the Western United States
Integrated modeling system with a new, process-based hydropower module accounts for both electric [more...]

Mar 15, 2019
The River Runs Over, Around, and Through It: Accounting for Intensive Water Resource Management in a Semiarid Watershed
Integrated hydrological modeling of the Yakima River Basin. The Science Increasin [more...]

Feb 27, 2019
Regional Responses to Water Scarcity: Agriculture or Power?
Increases in water demand lead to different responses in different regions. The Science  [more...]

Feb 14, 2019
A Decade of CO2 Enrichment Stimulates Wood Growth by 30%
Synthesis of four long-term, DOE supported, CO2 enrichment experiments show that young te [more...]

Feb 13, 2019
When It Comes to the Circadian Clock, Proteins Can Have Their Own Rhythm
The most in-depth proteome study of its kind shows rhythmic RNA is not essential for metabolic prote [more...]

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