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

Adjunct Professor, Salk Institute of Biological Studies, 2021 – Present
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

Sustainability champion, University of California, Merced, 2021
Joanne Simpson Medal, American Geophysical Union, 2020
Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2020
Great Immigrant, Great American; Carnegie Co. of New York, 2020
Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2020
Randolph W. “Bill” and Cecile T. Bromery Award, Geological Society of America, 2019
Ted and Jan Falasco Endowed Chair in Earth Sciences and Geology, 2019
Association of Women Geoscientists Distinguished Lecturer, 2019, 2020, 2021
New Voices in Science, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, 2018
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring, (PAESMEM) to the Earth Science Women’s Network (Berhe was in Leadership Board), 2018
Woman we admire, UC Merced 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 Fellow, Hellman Family Foundation Award, 2011
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, 2009
University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-08
NASA Earth System Science Graduate Fellowship, 2003-06
Young Fellow, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2002-05
Zayed International Prize for the Environment, Zayed International Foundation for the Environment UAE (co-recipient of $ 300,000 for Millennium Ecosystem Assessment), 2005
Fellow, University of California Institute for Preparing Future Faculty, 2005
Regents Fellowship, University of California 2001-05
Carolyn Meek Memorial Fellowship (Soil Science), UC Berkeley 2003-04
Chancellor’s Predoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2000-05
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Scholarship, Michigan State University, 1999-2000


Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences (2019 – 2021)
Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (2019 – 2021)
Biogeochemistry, Associate Editor (2014 – 2019)
SOIL, Associate Editor (2014 – 2019)