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Posted by Lauren Hertel on Wednesday, November 8 2017


Margaret Torn

Two EESA staff are set to receive a prestigious Director’s Award from Berkeley Lab’s Directorate at a ceremony on November 30. 


Margaret Torn, the senior scientific advisor in EESA’s Climate and Ecological Sciences Division, will also receive a Director’s Award – in recognition of her scientific work employing novel, multi-scale observing systems under challenging field conditions. Torn’s research documents unexpectedly large soil CO2 and CH4 production in response to climate signals.


Margaret Torn is an ecologist and biogeochemist who studies the natural carbon cycle and human impacts on the carbon cycle through land use, energy use, and climate change. She leads EESA’s Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions Program Domain, which includes research on terrestrial ecosystems, climate, and land-atmosphere coupling.  Torn has been contributing to the success of Berkeley Lab since 1998 when she was named a scientist within the Earth Sciences Division. She has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles on a range of subjects, including soil carbon cycling, effects of climate on ecosystems, ecological aspects of bioenergy production, and strategies for mitigating climate change. The results of the research for which she received the Director’s Award suggest larger-than-expected feedbacks with climate change in both temperate and Arctic systems. Torn showed that current models underestimate such feedbacks or are missing feedback processes.

A complete list of Director’s Awards recipients from across Berkeley Lab can be found here.

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