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SFA Research as cover story in The Durango Herald

Fort Lewis College alumni Chelsea Wilmer and Shea Wales carrying gear to a study site in the Elk Mountains near Crested Butte, joined by Elizabeth Ballor, a summer independent research student at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and Patrick Sorenson, a Berkeley Lab postdoctoral researcher.

An article about Watershed Function SFA research was featured as the cover story of the weekend edition of The Durango Herald. The article features photos of students from Fort Lewis College working on the project and quotes from interviews with Ken Williams and Heidi Steltzer, including the value of the research to other watersheds such as the Animas watershed. Read the full story here.

Steefel et al. Receive R&D 100 Award for CrunchFlow

SFA researcher Carl Steefel was recognized with an R&D 100 Award for the development of CrunchFlow, a powerful software package that simulates how chemical reactions occur and change as fluids travel underground. Steefel received the award at a Nov. 17 event in Washington, D.C. along with co-developers Sergi Molins (LBL, SFA team member) and Jennifer Druhan (U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign, SFA collaborator). Read more »

Watershed Function at AGU 2017

Research from the Watershed Function SFA will be featured in approximately 25 posters, talks and convened sessions at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Click here to see a full listing of SFA-related AGU 2017 activities.

Over 80 Attendees Join 2017 SFA Retreat


Team photo from the 2017 Retreat at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley, CA

Over 80 team members and collaborators attended the 2017 SFA Annual Retreat in Berkeley, CA. Read more »

“Why Study Plants?” Steltzer Featured in Colorado Newspaper

Credit: David Holub/Special to the Herald

Heidi Steltzer contributed an Op-Ed to the Durango Herald entitled “Protecting people through the science of studying plants”. In her piece, Steltzer highlights some of the insights gained by studying plants, including in mountainous watersheds. Read the full story here.

Susan Hubbard Named 2017 American Geophysical Union Fellow

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has named Susan Hubbard, Watershed Function SFA Director, as a 2017 AGU Fellow.

Every year, the AGU Fellow program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to the Earth and space sciences. Vetted by a committee of AGU Fellows, honorees represent no more than 0.1 percent of AGU’s 60,000 members. Read more »

New Data Archive Aims to Amplify Impact of Ecosystem Research

Data collection in Rifle, CO, the former SFA study site (Photo credit: Berkeley Lab)

A new DOE project led by Deb Agarwal (lead of Watershed Function SFA Data Management and Assimilation) will develop an archive that will serve as a repository for hundreds of DOE-funded research projects under the agency’s Environmental System Science (ESS) umbrella.

The project is a $3.6 million investment by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Science that will enable researchers, environmental and agricultural stakeholders, as well as members of the public to access the data.

Read the full story here »

Jill Banfield Named 2017 Goldschmidt Medalist

Reposted from the Berkeley Lab EESA blog

Jill Banfield, Faculty Scientist in Earth & Environmental Sciences at LBNL, Professor at UC Berkeley, and member of the SFA team, has been named 2017’s recipient of the V.M. Goldschmidt Award. This award recognizes major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry. Her work focuses on geomicrobiology—natural microbial communities in the terrestrial subsurface, sediments, water, biofilms and animals. She also studies nanoparticle formation and behavior in the natural environment.

Jill will receive her award at the Goldschmidt 2017 conference in Paris, France, this August.

Read the Geochemical Society’s announcement.

Watershed Function SFA Research in Discover’s Top 100 of 2016


Cover for Discover Magazine’s “Top 100 Stories of 2016”

Watershed Function SFA research—leading to the discovery of previously unknown species throughout the bacterial branches of the Tree of Life—was included in Discover Magazine’s “Top 100 Stories of 2016“, at #97 in the list.

The accolade accentuates the abundant media coverage the research garnered in April 2016 when it was first published. In fact, the article’s Altmetric score earned it spot #79 in Altmetric’s “Top 100 Articles of 2016“.

Stelzer Embarks on “Homeward Bound” Journey to Antarctica

Times in Greenland and AntarcticaThis week, Heidi Steltzer will embark on an Antarctic voyage as one of the first participants of “Homeward Bound“, a strategic and science initiative for women.  Read her blog post here.