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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: August 9, 2019
The Firestone Lab studies soil microbial ecology - examining how all those microbes interact with growing plants and with each other, how they break down carbon substrates and cycle nutrients, and how they impact exchange of gases such as CO2, CH4, and N2O between the soil and the atmosphere. Our recent projects examine topics ranging from:
1. Microbial mediation of soil carbon dynamics; 2. Processes in the zone of soil around the plant root, called the rhizosphere; 3. Using a meta-omic approach to link identity with function (from metagenomes to metatranscriptomes to metaproteomes and metabolomes); 4. Digging deeper to examine microbial communities in saprolite (proto-soil); 5. And microbial mediation of nitrogen cycling, with a particular focus on the highly reactive nitrous oxide.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.