In the July 20, 2020 issue of TIME, Asmeret argued for the need to center soils and equity in our efforts to address climate change. “The interconnected nature of the climate, soil systems and the future of global food production demands that we simultaneously address climate change and rehabilitation of degraded soils.” Read more at https://time.com/5864693/climate-change-racism/
The Endowement was set up from generous gift to UC Merced from the Ted and Jan Falasco, long term residents of Los Banos, CA, with long record of support for higher education, community service and civic leadership. The Chair was established in 2002, before the campus even opened, and Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Samuel J. Traina , a renowned soil scientist and founding faculty member, is the previous chairholder.
SCIENCE ABROAD AND HOME: INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK STORIES
Listen to the episode at the RadioBio website For UC Merced’s International Education Week, this RadioBio episode includes interviews with five researchers on their unique experiences with international research: Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Dr. Felipe Zapata, Dr. Gregory Mutumi, Dr. Samuel Wasser, and Dr. Teamrat Ghezzehei. From soil science to conservation biology to everything in between! Each story highlights the various ways we can be inspired by the world around us, and how science reaches beyond physical and political boundaries. Join us, as listening to life, goes international!
There’s two times more carbon in the earth’s soil than in all of its vegetation and the atmosphere — combined. Soil Biogeochemist Asmeret Asefaw Berhe shared how we could use its awesome carbon-trapping power to offset climate change. “[Soil] represents the difference between life and lifelessness in the earth system, and it can also help us combat climate change — if we can only stop treating it like dirt,” she says.
This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.
As if speaking about soil and climate change at this stage was not exciting enough, I also got to meet Al Gore, who of course was very well knowledgeable about the role of soils and importance of regenerative agriculture for climate change mitigation, and was kind enough to express that he was happy to see I was there to talk about soils and climate change.
I felt like my job was done, when my talk got a shout out during the wrap up of the conference from Freestyle Love Supreme–the improv brainchild of Anthony Veneziale and Lin-Manuel Miranda–in their improve performance by Anthony Veneziale, Christopher Jackson (Hamilton’s George Washington himself!), Chris Sullivan, Arthur Lewis, and Utkarsh Ambudkar.
Asmeret was one of the speakers at a special Geosciences edition of The Story Collider that was held during AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall 2018 Annual meeting in Washington DC.
This was an awesome talk that includes several other speakers: Carol Finn, Ryan Haupt, Sarah Kaplan, Janine Kipner and Katherine Hayhoe … all the videos are available at AGU Sharing science’s youtube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/AGUvideos/videos
We studied a 100s to 3 million yrs soil chronosequence preserved in alluvial terrace deposits of the Merced River, CA to unravel how soil mineralogy affects soil carbon storage and succeptibility to warming. This study was recently published in Nature Geoscience.
Asmeret is selected to serve as an inaugural member of the Academies’ newest initiative — New Voices in Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (SEM). The New Voices in SEM “will engage in communicating the evidence base for addressing national and global challenges to provide new perspectives on issues of importance to the community represented by the National Academies, and to help identify ways to expand the diversity of expertise that is brought to all of the Academies’ convening and advisory activities.”