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Subsurface Biogeochemical Research Program

The Genomic Science Program is in the DOE Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research Program.

About the DOE Biological and Environmental Research Program

Mission

Advance world-class biological and environmental research and provide scientific user facilities to support Department of Energy missions in scientific discovery and innovation, energy security, and environmental responsibility.

Approach

  • Understand complex biological and environmental systems across many spatial and temporal scales.
  • Leverage diverse scientific insights by coupling theory, observations, experiments, models, and simulations.
  • Support interdisciplinary research that engages scientists from national laboratories, academia, and industry.

Research Divisions

Biological Systems Science Division

BSSD aims to achieve a predictive understanding of complex biological systems with potential use in bioenergy, carbon cycling and biosequestration, and biogeochemistry.

BSSD research activities include

  • Using genomics and systems biology to understand plants and microbes.
  • Supporting DOE Bioenergy Research Centers to provide transformational breakthroughs in cellulosic biofuels.
  • Developing real-time, high-resolution technologies for analyzing dynamic biological processes.

Climate and Environmental Sciences Division

CESD aims to achieve a predictive understanding of climate change, ecosystem response to climate change, and contaminant fate and transport in the subsurface.

CESD research activities include

  • Resolving the greatest uncertainties in climate change.
  • Improving the world’s most powerful climate models.
  • Providing the science to inform environmental remediation strategies.
  • Working to understand carbon cycling in terrestrial systems.

BER Website: science.energy.gov/ber/

Contact BER

Sharlene Weatherwax, 301-903-3251
Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research

David Thomassen, 301-903-9817
Chief Scientist

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