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

Nov 01, 2017
Rapid Characterization of Northern Cold-Region Soil Organic Matter
Infrared spectroscopy discriminated variations in soil properties and extent of organic matter d [more...]

Sep 06, 2017
Terrestrial Biosphere Models Underestimate Photosynthetic Capacity and CO2 Assimilation in the Arctic
New measurements of photosynthesis in the Arctic demonstrate that current models underestimate k [more...]

Aug 25, 2017
Shaking Up Atmospheric Assumptions
Researchers used long-term ARM data to gain a new understanding of the vertical structure of tur [more...]

Aug 07, 2017
A Multi-Species Synthesis of Physiological Mechanisms in Drought-Induced Tree Mortality
The Science   This is the first paper to synthesize the results on m [more...]

Aug 01, 2017
Insights into an Eukaryotic Alga that Lives by the Sea
The genome of Porphyra umbilicalis reveals the mechanisms by which it thrives in the int [more...]