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