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

BER Research Highlights

Marvin L. Wesely Distinguished Graduate Research Fellowship Awarded to University of California Graduate Student
Published: June 06, 2005
Posted: June 20, 2005

Erika Marin-Spiotta, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, has been selected to receive the third Marvin L. Wesely Distinguished Graduate Research Environmental Fellowship (GREF) by the Office of Sciences Global Change Education Program (GCEP). The award was established in honor of the late Dr. Marvin L. Wesely from Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Wesely was a senior meteorologist and chief scientist of a former Atmospheric Chemistry Program funded by the Office of Science. The one-year Fellowship is awarded to a current GREF student conducting global change research who has made the best use of a mentor and facilities at a DOE laboratory to improve the quality of their research. Her graduate research involves the study of how past land-use activities lead to differences in carbon sequestration in terrestrial soils in formerly agricultural or pasture lands as the systems are allowed to return to a more natural, unmanaged condition. Erikas mentor is Dr. Margaret Torn of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who is working in carbon cycling and carbon sequestration research.

Contact: Rick Petty, SC-23.3, (301) 903-5548
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Carbon Cycle, Nutrient Cycling
  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition

Division: SC-23.1 Climate and Environmental Sciences Division, BER
      (formerly SC-23.3 Climate Change Research Division, OBER)


BER supports basic research and scientific user facilities to advance DOE missions in energy and environment. More about BER

Recent Highlights

Aug 24, 2019
New Approach for Studying How Microbes Influence Their Environment
A diverse group of scientists suggests a common framework and targeting of known microbial processes [more...]

Aug 08, 2019
Nutrient-Hungry Peatland Microbes Reduce Carbon Loss Under Warmer Conditions
Enzyme production in peatlands reduces carbon lost to respiration under future high temperatures. [more...]

Aug 05, 2019
Amazon Forest Response to CO2 Fertilization Dependent on Plant Phosphorus Acquisition
AmazonFACE Model Intercomparison. The Science Plant growth is dependent on the availabi [more...]

Jul 29, 2019
A Slippery Slope: Soil Carbon Destabilization
Carbon gain or loss depends on the balance between competing biological, chemical, and physical reac [more...]

Jul 15, 2019
Field Evaluation of Gas Analyzers for Measuring Ecosystem Fluxes
How gas analyzer type and correction method impact measured fluxes. The Science A side- [more...]

List all highlights (possible long download time)