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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


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.


  • 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.

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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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