DGE Newsletter, June 2009
Field & Berry Lab Groups
June 10: Carnegie Visiting Investigator Luis E. Fernandez received the National Gold Medal Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency today in the 2009 EPA National Awards Ceremony at the Warner Theater in Washington, D. C. This Award is the Agency's highest honor award for Exceptional Service and outstanding contributions to international environmental protection. Fernandez received the award for his work on the International Mercury Program in which he served as technical director while as International Affairs Specialist and Environmental Scientist at the EPA Office of International Affairs in DC. He pioneered the Agency’s first program to study and reduce the impacts of mercury contamination from artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) in developing countries. This program will reduce the estimated 1000 tones per year of elemental mercury being released to watersheds from ASGM which endangers the health of an estimated 40 million people. June 2: Steve Running, Director, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, Dept. Ecosystem Sciences, Univ. Montana, Missoula spoke to the Title—Is carbon cycle science ready for carbon offset trading? His thesis is that climate scientists should be
getting ready to answer critical questions which will arise when carbon trading begins in ernest. Because buyers of these carbon credits must know what they are really worth and how they might change over time. More info at
Caldeira Group
May 1: The Caldeira Lab Group visited the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a San Mateo County park located in Moss Beach about an hour south of San Francisco. The tide was out, and they got some fine photos of tide pools, seals and birds. Photos added on June 9.
June 14: Jason Funk received his PhD diploma from Stanford in Absentia. His dissertation was titled Carbon farming in New Zealand: An interdisciplinary assessment of indigenous reforestation as a land-use system. Also recently Jason spent 10 days attending the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn, where he was working with EDF to improve the accounting framework for land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF) for countries that are signatories to the Kyoto Protocol. 
Asner Group
June 17: Greg Asner reports that he is one of the authors of a forthcoming chapter in an AGU book that synthesizes the decade-long study of the Amazon Basin (LBA).  This chapter covers the socioeconomic drivers and ecological impacts of the timber industry, and its relation to deforestation. Geophysical Monograph Series 10.1029/2008GM000723.
June 19: Greg joins first author Cho-ying Huang on a review of remote sensing of invasive species published in Sensors 2009, 9, 4869-4889.
June 8: Daniel Gorham, a High School Student, joined the Group as a Summer Intern to help build Web pages.
June 23-25: Caldeira attended the
9th Scientific Steering Committee meeting of the Global Carbon Project, Beijing, China
Retirement Party
A dinner party was held on June 28 to honor Mary Smith who retires this month after serving as Bookkeeper for the Departments of Plant Biology for many years and Global Ecology at its beginning. Over 30 present and retired members of both Departments gathered on a balmy evening at a roof-top restaurant in Menlo Park to socialize and enjoy a delicious 3-course meal followed by individual tributes to Mary.
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