Amy and Claudia traveled to San Francisco this month to present their summer work at Stanford (Amy) and progress of urban ag project (Claudia) at the Annual AGU meeting in San Francisco! Congratulations to both!
Congratulations to Claudia and Alex who presented their project and project progress at the UCR hosted Persistent Toxic Substances Symposium this year. The symposium was very successfully organized by Prof. Jay Gan and his team on campus with hundreds of presenters. A highlight was that my old boss (meaning previous, not implying anything about his age) Scott Fendorf came to give a keynote presentation on arsenic in drinking water sources. Always great to see you Scott!
Fantastic news came in that ends the BGC Group's 2015 with a big bang! We were informed that our UC Catalyst proposal was one of four to be awarded this year. With this award ($1.69M), we aim to establish a University of California Consortium for Drought and Carbon Management (UC DroCaM), which will design management strategies based on understanding soil carbon, the soil microbiome and their impact on water dynamics in soil.
The timeliness of this grant couldn't be better for us to further the public's understanding and appreciation of soil during the International Year of Soils! Our team consists of phenomenal UC faculty and researchers doing cutting-edge agricultural and soil carbon research: Kate Scow and Sanjai Parihk (UC Davis); Eoin Brodie and Margaret Torn (UC Berkeley); Asmeret Berhe and Teamrat Ghezzehei (UC Merced); and Peter Nico and William Riley (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). We're extremely excited to have this opportunity to work with such an amazing team. Also, I want to thank our group for being so patient during the summer while this proposal was coming together!
To read a little more about the project and UC Catalyst aims:
UCR Today: Studying Soil to Understand Drought
UC president announces 2016 Research Catalyst Award recipients