Researchers reveal how microbes cope in phosphorus-deficient tropical soil

A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has uncovered how certain soil microbes cope in a phosphorus-poor environment to survive in a tropical ecosystem. Their novel approach could be applied in other ecosystems to study various nutrient limitations and inform agriculture and terrestrial biosphere modeling.

Olufemi Omitaomu: Using big data to build better cities


At the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Olufemi “Femi” Omitaomu is leveraging Big Data for urban resilience, helping growing cities support future infrastructure and resource needs.

Global Carbon Budget: Fossil fuel emissions and atmospheric CO2 on the rise

Global carbon emissions are on the rise again after three years of little growth. Emissions from fossil fuels are projected to rise 2% in 2017 to an all-time high driven largely by increased fossil fuel consumption in China and India according to the recently released Global Carbon Budget. The upward trend represents a return to the growth rates seen during 2004-2013.

Esther Parish Receives 2017 UT-Battelle Science Communicator Award

Esther Parish

Esther Parish received the Science Communicator Award for Community Engagement at the 2017 UT-Battelle Awards Night, held on October 28. As this year’s winner, Parish was recognized by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and UT-Battelle “for leading communication about renewable energy with creativity and enthusiasm.”

Dali Wang named IEEE senior member

Dali Wang, a senior research and development staff member in the Terrestrial Systems Modeling Group in the Environmental Sciences Division and the Integrated Ecosystem Sciences in the Climate Change Science Institute, has been elevated to the grade of senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.