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

Jun 22, 2017
International Space Station Observations Offer Insights into Plant Function
New instrumentation will be installed on the International Space Station to provide a unique opp [more...]

Jun 22, 2017
A Direct Measure of Basin-Wide Evaporation and Transpiration from the Amazon Rainforest
A water budget approach shows complex seasonal cycle and long-term changes in tropical forest fu [more...]

Jun 19, 2017
Isotope Delivery in Lignin: Not an Easy Path
Scientists attempt to overcome challenge of limited deuterium uptake by lignin for studies of bi [more...]

Jun 15, 2017
Review of Recent Advances in Understanding Secondary Organic Aerosols for Earth System Modeling
Researchers review recent findings on secondary organic aerosols and the impact on radiative for [more...]

Jun 15, 2017
Scientists Examine Extensive Surface Melting Event in Antarctica During 2015-2016 El Niño
Research observations provide clues on atmospheric contributions to an Antarctic melt event.