Asmeret was interviewed about soil, carbon sequestration, and climate change on NPR’s TED Radio HourRead More →


Asmeret discussed the impacts of climate change on women on BBC World Service’s The Conversation.Read More →


Asmeret argued for the need to center soils and equity in our efforts to address climate change In the July 20, 2020 issue of TIME.Read More →

SCIENCE ABROAD AND HOME: INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK STORIES Listen to the episode at the RadioBio websiteFor 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!Read More →

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.Read More →

It was an incredible honor to get invited to talk about soils and climate change at TED2019 conference in Vancouver. You can read about my talk from: The TED conference blog post The  World Changing Ideas Section of the Fast Company “To fix the climate, we have to fix our soil” 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 seeRead More →

Video of Asmeret’s talk is available at  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        Read More →

I am incredibly proud of Berhe lab grad students Kimber Moreland and Morgan Barnes for receiving DOE’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR) fellowships that provide students with thesis research opportunities at Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories. The fellowships are designed to allow science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduate students to utilize the resources available at national laboratory sites, such as equipment and the expertise of DOE laboratory scientists. Most fellows remain at a site for three to 12 months. In order to apply, graduates must provide a SCGSR research proposal in partnership with a DOE laboratory research scientist, and inRead More →

Our team (Professors Gerardo Diaz, Teamrat Ghezzehei, Rebecca Ryals, YangQuan Chen, Catherine Keske and our very own Asmeret Asefaw Berhe  received a $3 million grant from the California Strategic Growth Council to examine how biochar can be produced and used to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, namely methane. Our team will explore the feasibility of a mobile biochar unit through technology development and field testing. see link for more detailsRead More →

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. Link to the article on Nature Geoscience website   See also the UC Merced Press Release about the article at this linkRead More →