National Laboratory Awards

The Environmental System Science (ESS) program supports a number of long-term activities at Department of Energy’s national laboratories. ESS leverages the National Laboratories’ unique technical and organization capabilities and specific areas of expertise in ways that advance the ESS mission. National laboratory projects frequently involve external collaborators (including many universities) and are reviewed every three years by external peer panels.

Current Projects

PIINSTITUTIONPeriodProjectAward Type
JastrowANL SFA9/1/16 - 8/30/19Soil Carbon Response to Environmental ChangeSFATES
DrewniakANL9/1/19 - 8/31/20Water foraging with dynamic roots in E3SM; The role of roots in terrestrial ecosystem memory on intermediate timescalesTES/DD
Kemner/McInnesANL9/1/19 - 8/31/20, RNL(IDEAS)- WatershedsIDEASSBR-IDEAS/ASCR14-0001
KemnerANL9/1/18 - 8/31/21Trace Metal Dynamics and Limitations on Biogeochemical Cycling in Wetland Soils and Hyporheic ZonesFOA CollabSBR-Biogeochem
KemnerANL9/15/19 - 9/14/22Interactions between molecular-scale biogeochemical processes and hyporheic exchange for understanding coupled Fe-S-C cycling in iron-rich riparian wetlandsFOA CollabSBR-Biogeochem19-2035
KemnerANL9/1/18 - 8/31/21Integration of Omics into a New Comprehensive Rate Law for Competitive Terminal Electron-Accepting Processes in Reactive Transport Models: Application to N, Fe, S, and Contaminant Transformations in Stream and Wetland SedimentsFOA CollabSBR-Biogeochem
KemnerANL9/1/18 - 8/31/21Interactions between molecular-scale processes and hyporheic exchange for understanding Fe-S-C cycling in riparian wetlands FOA CollabSBR-Biogeochem
KemnerANL - SFA9/1/18 - 8/31/21, RNLWetland HydroBioGeoChemistry SFASFASBR-Biogeochem
O'LoughlinANL9/15/20 - 9/14/23Quantifying microbial roles in environmental iron oxidation via an integrated kinetics, 'omics and metabolic modeling studyFOA Collab20-2184
SerbinBNL9/15/20 - 9/14/23Remote Sensing of Plant Functional Traits for Modeling Arctic Tundra Carbon DynamicsFOA CollabTES
RogersBNL9/15/20 - 9/14/23Support of New and Existing Manipulation ExperimentsTES
TornLBNL7/1/15 - 6/30/20, 5-yr RNLAmeriFlux Network Management ProjectSFATES-AmeriFlux
TornLBNL - SFA10/1/11 - 9/30/19Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (Belowground Biogeochemistry) SFASFATES-SFA
ChambersLBNLRNL 9/15/19 - 9/14/22Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE) Tropics Phase 2NGEETES-NGEE
RileyLBNL9/15/20 - 9/14/23Sticky roots- implications of altered rhizodeposition (driven by cryptic, viral infection of plants) for the fate of rhizosphere mineral - organic matter associations in natural ecosystems FOA CollabTES
RileyLBNL9/15/20 - 9/14/23Functional-type modeling approach and data-driven parameterization of methane emissions in wetlandsFOA CollabTES
HubbardLBNL- SFA10/1/16 - 09/30/19, RNLWatershed Function SFA: Hydrobiogeochemical Dynamics from Genome to Watershed ScalesSFASBR-HydrobiogeochemPAMS Inv.
Steefel/Williams/MolinsLBNL 9/1/19 - 8/31/22, RNLInteroperable Design of Extreme-Scale Application Software (IDEAS)IDEASSBR-IDEAS14-0001
WilliamsLBNL 9/1/19 - 8/31/22Advancing a watershed hydro-biogeochemical theory: linking water travel time and reaction rates under changing climateFOA CollabSBR-Hydrobiogeochem19-2035
AroraLBNL9/15/20 - 9/14/23Linking nutrient reactivity and transport in subsurface flowpaths along a terrestrial-estuarine continuumFOA Collab20-2184
BouskillLBNL9/1/18 - 8/31/21Response of Subsurface Nitrogen-Cycling Microbial Communities to Environmental FluctuationsFOA CollabSBR-Microbiology
ChakrabortyLBNL 9/1/18 - 8/31/21Influx of Oxidants into Reduced Zones: Microbiological Controls Governing Metal Oxidation and ReductionFOA CollabSBR-Biogeochem
WainwrightLBNL9/1/18 - 8/31/21Model-Data Fusion to Examine Multiscale Dynamical Controls on Snow Cover and Critical Zone Moisture InputsFOA CollabSBR-Hydrology
Varadharajan (EC)LBNL9/1/20 - 8/31/25Early Career: Investigating the Impacts of Streamflow Disturbances on Water Quality Using a Data-Driven Framework Early CareerEarly Career
McFarlane/GuildersonLLNL9/1/18 - 8/31/20Arctic Shrub Expansion, Plant Functional Trait Variation, and Effects on Belowground Carbon CyclingEarly CareerTES
Pett-RidgeLLNL9/1/18 - 8/31/20Effects of Hurricane Disturbance and Increased Temperature on Carbon Cycling and Storage of a Puerto Rican Forest: A Mechanistic Investigation of Above- and Belowground ProcessesFOA CollabTES
Kersting/ZavarinLLNL -SFA9/1/18 - 8/31/21, RNLBioGeoChemistry of Actinides (Environmental Transport of Plutonium)SFASBR-Biogeochem
VisserLLNL9/15/20 - 9/14/23Linking nutrient reactivity and transport in subsurface flowpaths along a terrestrial-estuarine continuumFOA Collab20-2184
SmithLLNL9/1/19 - 8/31/22, RNL(IDEAS)- Watersheds: Enabling a high resolution integrated terrestrial simulation of the contiguous United States (CONUS)IDEASSBR-IDEAS14-0001
XuLANL7/1/19 - 9/30/20Exploring Halophyte Hydrodynamics and the Role of Vegetation Traits on Ecosystem Response to Disturbance at the Terrestrial-Aquatic InterfaceCollab with FOA AwardTES/DD
MoultonLANL9/1/19 - 8/31/22, RNL Interoperable Design of Extreme-scale Application Software (IDEAS)IDEASSBR-IDEASPAMS Inv. 14-0001
YeagerLANL9/15/20 - 9/14/23Watershed Controls on Uranium Concentrations Tied into Natural Oganic Matter and Iron Interactions in Streambeds and WetlandsCollab with FOA Award20-2184
YagerLANL10/1/12 - 9/30/18Natural Organic matter and microbial controls/mobilization/immobilization of I, Pu and other radionuclides in soils and waters affected by radionuclide releases in USA and JapanCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Geochem10-311
RowlandLANL9/15/20 - 9/14/23Nutrient and fine sediment transport driven by perturbations in river bed movementCollab with FOA Award20-2184
HansonORNL - SFARNL 8/1/19 - 9/30/22Terrestrial Ecosystem SFASFATES
WullschlegerORNLRNL 9/15/15 - 9/14/22Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE) ArcticNGEETES-NGEE
Walker NorbyORNL 5/1/12 - 9/30/23Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) Experiment Synthesis ActivitiesBoutiqueFACE
SulmanORNL 9/15/20 - 9/14/23Modelling Microbes to Predict Post-fire Carbon Cycling in the Boreal Forest across Burn SeveritiesCollab with FOA AwardTES
GuORNL 9/15/20 - 9/14/23How does mercury methylation respond to intensive forest management and the creation of anoxia in floodplain soils?Collab with FOA Award
SulmanORNL 9/1/19 - 8/31/20How will changes in the dominance of arbuscular and ectomycorrhizal trees affect future soil carbon and nitrogen cycling?Collab with FOA AwardTES/DD
Mayes (EC)ORNL Early Career:Comprehensive Framework for Modeling EmissionsEarly CareerEarly Career
Pierce, EORNL - SFA9/1/18 - 8/31/21, RNLBiogeochemical Transformations at Critical Interfaces in a Mercury Perturbed Watershed Science Focus AreaSFASBR-Hydrobiogeochem
PainterORNL 9/1/19 - 8/31/22, RNL(IDEAS)- WatershedsIDEASSBR-IDEAS14-0001
Brooks/DemersORNL 8/1/16 - 8/30/19Use of Stable Mercury Isotopes to Assess Mercury and Methymercury Transformation and Transport across Critical Interfaces from the Molecular to the Watershed ScaleCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Biogeochem16-1437
BrooksORNL 9/1/18 - 8/31/21Trace Metal Dynamics and Limitations on Biogeochemical Cycling in Wetland Soils and Hyporheic ZonesCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Biogeochem
BrooksORNL 9/1/18 - 8/31/21Integration of Omics into a New Comprehensive Rate Law for Competitive Terminal Electron-Accepting Processes in Reactive Transport Models: Application to N, Fe, S, and Contaminant Transformations in Stream and Wetland SedimentsCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Biogeochem
GuORNL 9/15/17 - 9/14/19Methanotrophic-Mediated Methylmercury Transformation: Characterization of Products, Mechanism, and Environmental SignificanceCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Biogeochem17-1724
ParksORNL 9/1/16 - 8/30/19Multi-Scale Modeling Framework for Mercury BiogeochemistryCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Modeling16-1437
BaileyPNNL10/1/17 - 9/30/19Pore to Core soil biogeochemistry: Linking protection mechanisms to ecosystem CO2 fluxes under antecedent conditionsBoutiqueTES
ScheibePNNL-SFA8/15/17 - 8/14/20 8/15/15 - 8/14/17Influences of Hydrologic Exchange Flows on River Corridor and Watershed Biogeochemical Function Interaction ZoneSFASBR-HydrobiogeochemPAMS Inv.
CampbellPNNL9/15/20-9/14/23Coastal Observations, Mechanisms, and Predictions Across Systems and Scales-Field, Measurements, and Experiments (COMPASS-FME) Pilot StudyCoastal
Chen ScheibePNNL9/1/19-8/31/22, RNL(IDEAS)- WatershedsIDEASSBR-IDEASPAMS Inv. 14-0001
ChenPNNL9/15/2019 - 9/14/21Resolving Aquifier Controls on Larger River-Groundwater Exchanges of Mass and EnergyCollab with FOA AwardSBR-HydrobiogeochemPAMS Inv.
ChenPNNL9/15/17 - 9/14/20Respiration in hyporheic zones: connecting mechanics, microbial biogeochemistry, and modelsCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Hydrobiogeochem17-1724
ArntzenPNNL9/15/19 - 9/14/22Particulate organic matter (POM) transport and transformation at the terrestrial-aquatic interfaceCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Biogeochem19-2035
Schmid KraucunasPNNL-Coastal9/15/19 - 9/14/21Integrated Coastal ModelingBoutiqueMD/ESM/RGMA/SBR
WardPNNL9/1/18 - 8/31/21The Influence of Microbial Priming Effects on the Hydro-bio-geochemistry of Large River ReservoirsCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Biogeochem
Tartakovsky, APNNL9/1/18 - 8/31/21M&M: A Multi-Fidelity & Machine-Learning approach to model hydrologic-biogeochemical processes in the groundwater-surface water interaction zone Collab with FOA AwardSBR-Modeling
StegenPNNL9/1/18 - 8/31/21Transient cycling of nitrogen, organic carbon and oxygen within the free-flowing Columbia River corridor: Linking exposure time dependent biogeochemical reactions to river stage fluctuations Collab with FOA AwardSBR-Hydrobiogeochem
StegenPNNL9/1/18 - 8/31/21Physical, resource supply, and biological controls on nutrient processing along the river continuumCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Hydrobiogeochem
StegenPNNL9/1/18 - 8/31/21Quantifying hydro-biogeochemical controls on watershed dissolved organic matter flux and processing Collab with FOA AwardSBR-Hydrobiogeochem
StegenPNNL9/1/18 - 8/31/21Scaling hyporheic nitrogen cycling in large river alluvial aquifersCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Hydrobiogeochem
StegenPNNL9/15/17-9/14/18Accounting for hydrological and microbial processes on greenhouse gas budgets from river systemsCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Biogeochem17-1724
Stegen (EC)PNNL9/1/20-8/31/25Early Career:Multi-Watershed Perturbation-Response Traits Derived Through Ecological TheoryEarly CareerEarly Career
BargerSLAC 9/1/18-8/31/21Influx of Oxidants into Reduced Zones: Microbial Controls Governing Metal Oxidation and ReductionCollab with FOA AwardSBR-Microbiology
BargerSLAC - SFA10/1/17 - 9/30/20Groundwater Quality Science Focus Area (SFA): Hydrologically driven biogeochemical processes controlling groundwater quality SLAC SFA Science Plan: Coupled Cycling of Organic Matter, Uranium, and Biogeochemical Critical Elements in Subsurface SystemsSFASBR-Geochem
Heroux/HammondSNL - ALBQ9/1/19 - 8/31/20, RNL(IDEAS)- WatershedsIDEASSBR-IDEAS/ASCR14-0001
KaplanSRNL9/15/20 - 9/14/23Watershed Controls on Uranium Concentrations Tied into Natural Oganic Matter and Iron Interactions in Streambeds and WetlandsCollab with FOA AwardSBR20-2184
KaplanSRNL4/1/19 - 9/30/22Wetland HydroBioGeoChemistry SFASFA (collab with ANL SBR SFA)SBR-Biogeochem