Postdoc position available in the Berhe lab

Postdoctoral Scholar – Biogeochemistry, Soil Sciences Job #JPF00154 School of Natural Sciences – Life & Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced DESCRIPTION A postdoctoral position in terrestrial biogeochemistry is available in the Berhe lab ( to work on interactive effects of fire and erosion on persistence of soil organic matter. The […]

Congratulations Samuel and Emma!

Samuel and Emma successfully defended their Masters Theses and are moving on to bigger and better things. Congratulations both! In the Berhe biogeochemistry lab at UC Merced they studied: Emma McCorkle: Determining source of eroded soil organic carbon in low order Sierra Nevada Catchments (Emma was co-advised by Stephen […]

Our research highlighted in the US Congress

On Tuesday June 24, 2014, Congressman McNerney (D-CA) gave a floor speech on the research conducted in the Berhe Biogeochemistry lab at UC Merced.     The speech that the congressman gave included: “In the midst of California’s worst drought on record, researchers at UC Merced are studying the […]

Asmeret receives an NSF CAREER Award

Asmeret receives NSF’s most prestigious award for early career scientists for work dealing with “CAREER:Persistence of soil organic matter in dynamic landscapes: interactive effects of fire and erosion” Fire, erosion, and soil carbon (C) storage and persistence overlap in space and time. However, we currently lack complete understanding on how […]

REU positions with the Southern Sierra CZO

Two Research Experience for Undergraduates positions are available for work that focuses on water resources and soil nutrients in the Southern Sierra Critical Zone observatory. Please visit for more information, and don’t hesitate to contact Asmeret if you have any questions. The deadline for submission is 11:59 pm PDT, […]

Congratulations to Dr. Arnold!

Chelsea Arnold successfully defended her dissertation on friday May 2, 2014. The title of Chelsea’s dissertation is ” Coupled hydrological and biogeochemical dynamics in high elevation meadows: thresholds, resiliency and change.” Abstract: High elevation meadow ecosystems play a fundamental role in the storage and movement of water from […]