Asmeret Asefaw Berhe

from Hellman foundation video 1

AA Berhe CV


Ph.D. Biogeochemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
M.Sc. Political Ecology, Michigan State University, 2000
B.Sc. Soil and Water Conservation, University of Asmara 1996

Professional Experience

Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education, UC Merced 2019 – Present
Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry and Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences, University of California, Merced, 2019 – Present
xxx• Life and Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Sciences
xxx• Environmental Systems Graduate Group
xxx• Faculty affiliate, Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI)
Associate Professor, Soil Biogeochemistry, University of California, Merced, 2014 – 2019
Assistant Professor, Soil Biogeochemistry, University of California, Merced, 2009 – 2014
President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006 – 2008
xxx• Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis
xxx• Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Recent Awards and Honors

Joanne Simpson Medal, American Geophysical Union, 2020
Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2020
Great Immigrant, Great American; Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2020
Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2020
Randolph W. “Bill” and Cecile T. Bromery Award, Geological Society of America, 2019
New Voice in Science (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine) 2018
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) to the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) (Berhe was in Leadership Board) 2018
Woman we admire, UCM Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, 2018
Outstanding Women Faculty Leader, UC Merced, 2016
National Science Foundation CAREER award, 2014
Young Investigator Award, Sigma Xi Chapter, 2014
Hellman Family Foundation Award, 2011
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, 2009


Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences (2019 – Present)
Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (2019 – Present)
Biogeochemistry, Associate Editor (2014 – 2019)
SOIL, Associate Editor (2014 – 2019)