UC Merced

May 14, 2014

UC Merced Connect: Early career award supports UC Merced professor’s climate work

The National Science Foundation is honoring Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe with a Faculty Early Career Development Award to support her examination of how soil helps regulate the climate. The awards are given to junior faculty members “who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations,” the NSF said. Berhe gets $479,000 for five years, for a project looking at how fire and erosion affect the soil ecosystem’s ability to store carbon dioxide and keep it from going into the atmosphere.

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