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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)


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