In the Berhe soil biogeochemistry research group @ UC Merced, our work generally aims to improve our understanding of the fundamental processes that regulate biogeochemical cycles of essential elements in soil – including dynamics of soil organic matter (SOM) and the release of greenhouse gases (GHG) from soil to the atmosphere. The overall goal of our research program is to improve our understanding of mechanisms that regulate organic matter (OM) persistence in the soil system and the role of the soil system in maintaining the earth’s climate. Specifically, our research projects have focused on the effect of physical perturbations in the environment on SOM dynamics. Our work has been notable in the integration of biogeochemical and geomorphological approaches to derive an improved representation of mechanisms that regulate organic matter (OM) storage and persistence in the soil system.


International visitors:  We welcome international scientists, postdocs, and  doctoral students to visit our lab to conduct collaborative research for 2-12 months. The visitors are typically self-funded or funded by their home-institutions, and receive research support from Asmeret and other members of the Berhe lab. If interested in a visiting scholar/student appointment in our lab, please email aaberhe(at)ucmerced(dot)edu

Postdoctoral scholars:  Berhe lab occasionally has funding for postdoctoral scholars. In addition to our advertised openings, if you are interested in developing a joint proposal for a postdoctoral research project in the Berhe lab please email Asmeret at aaberhe(at)ucmerced(dot)edu

Graduate students:  We accept about 1 student per year to join our research group. In addition to our advertised openings, if you are interested in working in the Berhe lab to pursue an M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Environmental Systems at UC Merced, please email Asmeret at aaberhe(at)ucmerced(dot)edu